Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Eternal Peace in Jesus Christ
Roshan Abraham Thomas
St. Thomas MTC, NY
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”
Today’s portion talks about the everlasting peace that will prevail during the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ. Many nations are trying relentlessly to ensure world peace, but it is a fact that ultimate peace can only be established at the second coming of Jesus Christ when He will come to destroy Satan and reign over the whole world. So how do we attain true peace in our personal life?
We all have inner void and restlessness which we try to quench by running after human desires of this world and we hope that it will ultimately provide us peace. However, our efforts are in vain and we are striving in the wrong direction. First, we need to understand the real cause of our inner distress, and then where to find real peace and how to attain it in our life.
In the story of the prodigal son, we see that the younger son leaves his father and goes to a distant place to find pleasure in life. But it didn’t go well and he finds himself in utter distress and trouble. Same is true in our case also. The real cause of pain is our sinful nature which separated us from the loving Almighty God. How do we attain real peace? Only through Jesus Christ – Prince of peace, the source of true joy. In Romans chapter 5 Paul says, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. We cannot have peace with ourselves or others without having peace with God. We must believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins to make us acceptable in the presence of God.
Sometimes we think that dissolute lifestyle of this world will provide us the peace we are longing for, but that will be a false peace. For a moment it may help us to forget our circumstances, but will never provide the lasting peace in life. There is only one way to accomplish real peace in our life, which is by the shed blood of Jesus Christ; confessing our sins and accepting that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross and rose again on the third day. Through His death and resurrection, the barrier of separation is destroyed and we are provided a living hope.
Father, help us to turn away from futile desires of this world and live in harmony with You. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“For the Christian, peace is not simply absence of conflict, or any other artificial state the world has to offer. Rather it is the deep, abiding peace only Jesus Christ brings to the heart.” Billy Graham.