“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:7
Shalom. Peace. It’s the perfect state of harmony and communion between God and man; between man and man; throughout all creation. It was promised to the patriarchs. The psalmists wrote about it. The prophets foretold the deliverance of this ultimate peace in the Messiah. For centuries, every generation of God’s people longed for that peace. They sang about it. They preached about it. They looked for it. They waited for it.
That peace of God, that perfect shalom, has come to God’s people in Christ Jesus!
Now that Jesus has won the great victory at the cross; now that he’s defeated death and sin and Satan; now that he’s been raised and exalted; now that he reigns in all glory and power from his heavenly throne, we possess the peace of God.
Paul says Jesus himself is our peace. He tells the Ephesians that Christ has destroyed the barriers, he’s abolished the wall of hostility. Jesus has eliminated the things that separated man from God, the things that divided man from man. All those things are nailed to the cross! Dead! Gone! Obliterated!
“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” ~Ephesians 2:17-18
May we dwell in the joy of the Lord. And may the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
The BCS Championship Game is tonight. So is the elders meeting. D’oh! Next to air-conditioning, I firmly believe that DVR is the greatest single invention in the past 200 years. Hands down. Thank you.
The final “KK&C Top 20” college football poll will be posted before I go to bed Friday night. I’m very much looking forward to most of our 20 pollsters checking in for this last time. And I’m anxious to see the comments from the die-hard SEC fans and the hard-core Big 12 followers.
I’ll DVR the game. So it’ll kickoff between 10:00 and 10:30 tonight at Stanglin Manor. That means I won’t be answering my cell phone or checking any emails or text messages after 7:00.