12th November 2012

Peace At Last

“The way of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.”
Isaiah 59:8 (NKJV)

Armistice Day, November 11th 1918, was to mark the end of the war that was to end all wars.  History very quickly showed that this was not to be.  As the prophet Isaiah had predicted and warned, the way to peace is not known.

There is an obstacle that always gets in the way of lasting peace.  That obstacle is our human nature, or at least, what our human nature has become.

When God made mankind he declared them very good (Genesis 1:31).  But something terrible happened to them.  They fell from that exalted position by rebelling against the instruction of God, being led astray by their lust and vanity and a desire to be in control.  In the vanity of their minds they thought they could decide for themselves how they ought to live.  This experiment very quickly turned sour and led to the first murder, and then to all the wickedness that afflicts us today.  Our nature has become so corrupted it is beyond us to find our way back.

It is into this dilemma that God sends his Son, Jesus, to take upon himself that same human nature, to redeem it and bend it back to obedience to God.  Notice how the scriptures reveal this to us in Romans 8:3, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,”  Read also Hebrews 2:14, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,”  Jesus had to be just like us in order to redeem us, but he had to be the perfect human so that he could present himself on our behalf as perfect and therefore acceptable to God.  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Hebrews 4:15 tells us, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  We find our release from our nature in Jesus.  He grants us his nature, and his nature is one of peace.  No wonder Isaiah calls him the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).  At last peace will be the order of the day and will fill the earth.

Father in Heaven, forgive us for the sickness of our nature, and thank you for the redemption of that nature which you have made available for us in Jesus.

Study by David Stirk

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