Peace on earth

Isa 57:18-19 - “I create the fruit of the lips: peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” says the LORD, "And I will heal him.”

Luke 1:79 - "To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 2:14 - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

At the cross of Christ, God reconciled us to Him, making peace through the blood of Jesus. This is our rock, our anchor and our hope, when the waves of doubt, suffering and conflict make peace seem far away. The peace was already won there.

As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper now, our peace with one another is important. Resolve to speak with that person you are tempted to be bitter toward. Ask God to forgive your sins as you forgive the sins of others against you. Then go extend forgiveness. Work to make Christ’s personal peace with you, a corporate reality among all His people.

And this ritual meal is meant to point forward to the complete peace we will enjoy in glory. No tears, no doubts, no struggle against sin, only joyful service and peaceful fellowship. Peace on earth, and goodwill toward men.


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