MAKING PEACE OR PEACE MADE?
– preacher Gary Shepard
When I was a young boy I can remember riding in the mountains of North Carolina on vacation and seeing granite signs that read, “Make Peace With God.” I can remember having a bit of a feeling of fear when I saw them. When the Lord was pleased to reveal the truth of His grace and mercy in Christ to me, I knew then that all should be afraid when they read such signs! Afraid, not because they haven’t “made their peace with God” but because they CAN’T make peace with Him!
Peace with God for a sinner can only be through the One who is called the “Prince of peace.” That One is the Lord Jesus Christ! The peace that He makes is not a peace among men. He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew10:34) No, the peace Christ made was a peace with God, the peace that no man can make because he cannot offer the sacrifice for his sins to satisfy the judgment of God. God can only be the God of wrath to the sinner in himself.
This is why, as the Prince of peace, Christ must suffer the death of the cross and put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. This He did! “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:20) Can we hear those words, “having made peace?” Can we hear and believe how? “by the blood (death) of His cross.” He did it. He did it then and there. He established peace, perfect peace in His cross work. This is the comfort and hope of His believing people who look to Christ by faith for the peace He made and not one they are trying to make!
Present peace, the peace of God, comes through faith in the peace made! The false prophet cries, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace” but how true and comforting the prophet Isaiah’s words are in Isaiah 26:3 – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”