Friday, December 04, 2009
Peace Through the Blood
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.
(Colossians 1:19-22, New King James Version)
Peace Through the Blood
Some things cannot be said too often! What an amazing thing; Christ has reconciled us to the Father through his death on the cross, presenting us to Him as holy, blameless, and above reproach. I could stop there, and we would have plenty to meditate upon today!
The phrase, "peace through the blood," caught my attention as I was reading through this Bible passage from Colossians 1. That certainly is not a concept unknown to man. How many battles have been fought, with thousands sacrificing their own lives, to obtain peace? As we know, however, the country in the right, according to God's Word, does not always succeed.
As Christians, we have a better understanding of the truth that there is no peace apart from Christ. Countries may have peace talks after peace talks, but the reality is that peace will never be achieved through talks and agreements. That is a sad fact of our sin natures. Peace talks depend upon absolute truth and absolute obedience to the agreements made.
How can we be sure that we can have peace while on this earth through Christ? Thankfully, the peace we receive has nothing to do with us. We cannot keep our side of the agreement perfectly. We may intend to do so, but sin creeps in totally unawares and soon we find ourselves at odds with our own intentions.
That is not so with God. Peace through the blood of Christ is given to us as a free gift by Christ who cannot sin, and who can uphold perfectly His side of the agreement. In actuality He holds up both sides of the agreement! He made the peace available through his death on the cross, and He alone enables us to receive that peace.
What an amazing God we have. Meditate on the peace through the blood that we have through Christ as you go about the duties of this day.
God Bless You,