Tidings for Tuesday

For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. Ephesians 2:14

Fighting and killing continued in Syria, despite the efforts of the United Nations to convince the ruling dictator and his opponents to lay down their arms. Meetings and conferences were held, inspectors were sent, leading nations made their pleas for peace, and the UN even appointed a high-level envoy to do everything he could do to bring about peace. The envoy, Kofi Annan, came up with a peace plan, and convinced all the parties to agree to it. His plan had the support of the UN and all the major powers of the world. The day came when the peace plan went into effect. But the killing didn’t stop and the fighting didn’t end, and the animosity didn’t disappear. The best efforts of the peacemaker weren’t enough. Like the animosity that existed between Jew and Gentile, more than a peacemaker was required.

Our text speaks of the Lord Jesus, not as our peacemaker, but our peace. While it is true that He has made peace, He is much more than a peacemaker. Peacemakers bring about an easing of hostilities, an end to combat, and a return of cordial relationship between two warring parties. Peacemakers work out compromises, and allow those who are unable to appreciate the position of the opposing party to give up their prejudices and accept others for who they are. Peacemakers develop a rapport with both sides in a dispute, and earn the trust of both sides by their proven goodwill to both. When we examine the role and position of a peacemaker, we can surely see that the Lord Jesus fits the position perfectly. But, unlike peacemakers like Kofi Annan, He is able to bring about lasting and permanent peace, because He is so much more than a peacemaker.

As our peace, the Lord Jesus went further than negotiations and relationship-building. As our peace, He stood in the heart of the storm of God’s wrath and exhausted that wrath. The result is peace between us and a holy God. Enmity between us and God is removed, not by negotiations, but by a sacrifice. That sacrifice was able to satisfy God’s righteous claims against us. A God Who cannot compromise on righteousness saw that righteousness met in His Son. The Lord Jesus is also the peace that breaks down the enmity between Jew and Gentile. He provides the missing element for the Gentiles who had no claim upon God. And He provides the missing element for the Jew who had a claim upon God based on a law that he could not keep. Now, the Jew and Gentile are grafted in together because of the person of the Lord Jesus.

We appreciate the peace of God that passeth all understanding, knowing that Peace is the person of our Lord and Saviour. -Jim MacIntosh

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