Yesterday I wrote about Peace and I had a verse from Hebrews in my mind that just wouldn’t fit into that blog but neither would it fade away so I figure I better talk about it today.
The writer of Hebrews has been telling his readers where they aren’t. He goes back to the Exodus and wanderings and says that we don’t come to a mountain that fills us with fear and trembling. A mountain crowned with fire and storms, the presence of God that the Israelites were so afraid of they told Moses only he should speak to Him (Hebrews 12: 18-21). Instead, Hebrews tells us, we come to the city of the living God (Hebrews 12: 22-24) a place of glory and (implied) acceptance.
24 You have come to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant between God and humanity, and to His sprinkled blood, which speaks a greater word than the blood of Abel crying out from the earth.
In Genesis 4 we hear of the first murder and the repercussions, Abel’s blood crying for justice against his murderer. Jesus was murdered and His blood is concerned with justice too. His blood stands between us and justice for our sin taking the penalty, paying the price, ‘doing the time’ so that we can come to the heavenly Jerusalem and meet with God.
This is the foundation for all the peace we have. Without peace with God, there is no other peace. Until the turmoil in our hearts and souls that is caused by sin is put to rest then there can be no true peace in any relationship we have.
The shedding of Abel’s blood brought punishment and despair to Cain, it made him an outcast and a wanderer. The shedding of Jesus blood brought forgiveness and hope it enables us to be accepted by God and adopted as His children. Not only that but Paul tells us in Ephesians He also breaks down the walls of hate and discord between people.
14 He is the embodiment of our peace, sent once and for all to take down the great barrier of hatred and hostility that has divided us so that we can be one.
But this second peace only comes, can only come, when we are reconciled with God and have the peace that comes from knowing His forgiveness and acceptance, from receiving His love.
If you want to know peace, true peace that lasts, the kind of peace I spoke about yesterday, you need to know God.