Ephesians 2:1-2, 13,14 (NIV)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. … 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
Some years ago, I visited the War Memorial of South Korea and bought a mug lid. On it was written the words: “freedom is not free.” The word “peace” carries different connotations. Socially, it could mean the absence of conflict. At a personal level it is taken to mean tranquillity. But the biblical concept of peace is richer and profound. It carries the idea of completeness and wholeness—where everything finds its purpose in God.
True peace is found in having the right relationship with God. This spiritual dimension of peace affects both the social and personal realms of life. We, of course, know that the world is not as it should be because of the effects of sin. Our relationship with ourselves, others and the rest of creation is broken because our relationship with God is broken. This means that any human attempt to bring peace to this broken world is at best temporal and superficial. It is a quick fix that has no lasting effects.
In Ephesians chapter 2, Apostle Paul paints a picture of our state without Christ—and it is not an impressive one. Here is the sampler of the catalogue: we were dead in transgressions, gratifying the cravings of our flesh, deserving of God’s wrath, separate from Christ, without hope and without God. But thank God that through the death of Christ on the cross, our freedom was secured. Christ is indeed our Peace. Through Him our relationship with God is restored. And it doesn’t end here! Our other relationships too have been redeemed. Everyone and everything finds meaning and purpose in Him.
Dear God, I thank you for the cross of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Him I find freedom, and peace and life. In His name I pray, amen.