February 21, 2018 – Ephesians 2:14-15

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Ephesians 2:14-15.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for He speaks peace to His faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Psalm 37:37.

What is the language God speaks?  Peace and Truth. The angels praised God at the birth of Jesus, saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14.

Peace is not a treaty, an agreement between groups of people.  Peace is a gift from God enveloping the mind and heart in His forgiveness and love. There is no room for anyone to be ‘offended’ in the love and peace of God.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”   John 14:27.  We cannot find God’s peace in the world.  It is only when we love like Jesus, forgive like Jesus, and care for others like Jesus, will we find true peace on this earth, in the Name of Jesus.

Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming of Jesus helps us to know Who Jesus is to the world. (Isaiah 9:6). For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Ephesians 2:15-16

 

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