December 9th

Ephesians 2:14
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

What is this peace that surpasses all understanding, especially as this lost world continues to seek all forms of sin to find peace?  The dividing wall in the temple partitioned off the court of the Gentiles from the areas accessible only to the Jews. Gentiles were considered extreme outcasts and the tension between themselves and the Jews lasted for thousands of years.  The Gentiles were without hope, they were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and the were separated from Christ. In fact, in their sinful rebellion, the Gentiles did not even want the true God as referenced in Romans 1:18-26.  But Christ Himself broke down all these barriers in the lives of the Gentiles.  Once they were far off but now Christ has brought them near. The Lord made them alive in Christ Jesus and by His grace through faith, the Gentiles now could be reconciled back to God. Peace with God and peace with the Jews. They now could know this peace that surpasses all understanding.  Christ Himself is their peace. He is the source of this peace that they now have with God.  Do you desire peace with the Lord? As Gentiles, the peace you need is the. peace that only God can provide through His Son Jesus.  Be encouraged with this verse from Oh Holy Night.  “Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is Love and His gospel is Peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease.”

-R. H-

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing. —C.S. Lewis

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