Advent 2015 – Day 10 – Peace on Earth?

advent2a“And in this place I will grant peace,” Haggai 2:9

Will there ever be peace on earth?

In 1955 Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller crafted these words in a lovely song: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”[1]  It is a popular Christmas song and a reminder to us all that we must choose to live and act in peace with one another.  But I beg to differ, just a bit, with the message of this song.  Peace doesn’t begin with you and me.  Peace begins with Jesus Christ.

Peace on earth must start with peace between God and man.  But we are sinful people; and God is holy.  How can there ever be peace between us?  God, in His great merciful love made peace possible.  Romans 5:1 tells us “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Peace with God comes through Christ’s sacrifice.  Jesus took every sin you and I will ever commit, and died on the cross to pay the price that we might have peace with our Creator.  “Every possible sin that could ever separate us from God – every wrong we did, ever good we failed to do, every thought, word, or deed that ‘fell short of the glory of God’—has been ‘set aside and ‘nailed to the cross’ (Colossians 2:14).[2]

When you and I are at peace with our Creator, we will have peace in our homes and communities and throughout the world.  Jesus more than made a way for peace; He is the way of peace.  By His sacrifice, we can have peace with God.  Through Jesus Christ we can finally have peace on earth.

 

[1] Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, Let There be Peace on Earth, (New  York, Charles Hansen Music Company, 1971)

[2] Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy, Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology, Second Ed., Grand Rapids, Baker, 2009), 129.

 

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