The Bible is true, and Jesus promised that the world would experience more and more conflicts between nations and people groups as the end of time approaches. As followers of Jesus, we can be excited when these events take place because they remind us that He is coming soon. However, if we take our focus off of Him we may easily become fearful and anxious like so many people in our communities and around the world.
“(3) And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.” – – Matthew 24:3-8
In the past few years, the news has broadcast countless stories about injustice, oppression, and turmoil from all over the globe. It seems that no region was exempt: Peru, Australia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and the Dominican Republic were in the headlines as their citizens filled the streets demanding better government and living conditions. And the riots in the United States seemed to be endless, as various political groups and activists protested across the nation, literally from sea to shining sea. Everywhere, in one form or another, the people were chanting, “No Justice! No Peace!”
As believers in Jesus, can we relate? Whether we choose to get involved in protests, marches, or social activism, we can easily understand the relationship between Justice and Peace when we consider Jesus.
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:14
On the night Jesus was born, the angels made this wonderful announcement to the shepherds. Finally, there would be peace between the men of the earth and God in heaven! The baby in the manger was born to live, die, rise again, and bridge the gap that had existed between God and humanity since our treason against Him in the Garden of Eden.
“Since we have been made right with God by our faith, we have peace with God. This happened through our Lord Jesus Christ”
– Romans 5:1
“For he himself is our peace…He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
For through [Jesus] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit”. – Ephesians 2: 14, 17
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”. – Colossians 1:19-20
Our sin created distance between us and Father God. The result of sin is death, and the penalty for sin is death. Jesus became the pure sacrifice to take the death penalty that we deserved. He gave His life in exchange for ours. Without the justice of the Father being satisfied, we could never have peace with Him.
In eternity before the world was created, God already had a solution–Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world. He is our justice, and He is our peace.
Faith Challenge: This week as you watch the news, be resolute in knowing that Jesus Christ is our justice and our peace. Cast aside your fears, for there is no turning in Him.