WORDS OF LIFE: Peace Out
Sometimes rap music artists use the phrase, Peace Out, when ending a rhyme. This phrase actually has deep biblical implications. We ultimately receive the peace of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Peace comes to us from Christ. He died on the cross for our sins, and in Him we have peace. Peace is a sense of spiritual well-being or wholeness. We have harmony with God in Christ. We are safe and secure in Him, and that is true peace. In John chapter 20, Jesus tells His disciples to go and share His message of peace. This message needs to go out to the world. Remember the thief on the cross who was being crucified along with Jesus and another man? He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus goes to His kingdom. Jesus responded, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” There are two things about this scene that touches my heart. First, Jesus is at His gravest moment in life. He was nailed to the cross and suffering in excruciating pain. And still He took the time to save a soul. Secondly, Jesus gets right to the heart of the matter in dealing with the thief. He knew the thief was sincere, that he believed Jesus was the Son of God, and in Him he could find peace. Jesus then granted the man eternal life, and soon after, the thief died and went to paradise. What an incredible example of the peace of God being extended to another person. Remember, the peace that you have today was given to you at a tremendous cost to Jesus himself. Show your appreciation to Jesus today by sharing the message of His peace with others. Peace out, in the name of the Lord.
Pastor David Greenidge