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He Came To Preach Peace

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. — Ephesians 2:17 (NIV)

He will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Jesus was all about peace, but not the kind of peace about which we typically think.  Jesus was about the ultimate peace that He brings between God and humanity.  While we look for peace in the Middle East or Afghanistan (not that that would be a bad thing — it would be wonderful!), Jesus seeks to reconcile God and sinners.  That’s why He came.

Our sin separates us from God and makes us His enemies (Colossians 1:21).  Jesus can bring peace between God and us and if we will accept God’s gracious offer of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus, we will be counted as God’s friends!  God desires that no one should perish apart from knowing Him, but that all should repent from sin and turn to Him (2 Peter 3:9).  How can we become God’s friends?  Simple!

  • Believe in Jesus as the only way to be saved (Ephesians 2:8)
  • Repent and turn to God for forgiveness (2 Peter 3:9; Acts 2:38)
  • Confess your faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10)
  • Be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21)
  • Live a life of faithful obedience (Philippians 1:27; Colossians 3:17)

It’s so simple and it’s free!  It’s the most wonderful gift ever given — peace with God!  It can be yours this Christmas.  May God bless you and keep you and may Christ give you peace…

PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Thank You for making peace possible between You and me. I have sinned against You time and again. I confess my sins to You and ask for Your forgiveness. Give me the courage to obey You and to live a life of faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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