Day 11

Jesus Secures Our Peace with God

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan


John 14:27, Colossians 1:13-23, Colossians 3:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: John 14:27, Colossians 1:13-23, Colossians 3:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

There have only been a few moments in my life when I have felt perfectly at peace. Moments of sweetness and beauty so profound, they leave me feeling as though the veil between now and eternity is lifted for just a moment, long enough to breathe in before the exhale drops me back into the mundane.

We live in this in-between, in the “already but not yet” reality of Christ. We only receive a few precursors of perfect peace in our mortal bodies, when our desire for heaven is almost satisfied for a second. We crave heaven because it is what we were made for. We long for peace because our hearts are hard-wired for it.

In her novel Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson describes longing for peace like this:

To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing—the world will be made whole.

Today’s passages give me similar moments of peace and pause. Colossians 1 and 1 Corinthians 15 are both banner moments in Paul’s writings. I can hardly read them without the very best kind of tears filling my eyes. These passages provoke the deepest, unfulfilled places in my heart. They remind me that I was made for a perfect eternity.

Our eternal peace with God will be better than anything we can ever imagine. We will put on, as Paul writes so hopefully, our incorruptible bodies—new and perfect versions of ourselves (1 Corinthians 15:53). We will also be fully reconciled with God.

Theologians categorize the work of Christ into different buckets, one of which is Christ as our reconciler. Sin alienates us from God and it makes us strangers to His mercy. There is an uncrossable chasm between us. But when we know Jesus and believe in Him, He makes our peace with God. He binds us up into covenant relationship, into perfect peace.

Jesus doesn’t offer that peace to us as a pretty gift wrapped in a bow; rather, He spent His breath and bones to purchase it for us, “making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:20). And so because of His blood, we claim reconciliation as God’s people. We will be reunited to Him forever. Death is no longer an uncrossable chasm. Death has lost its sting, having been swallowed up in Christ’s victory on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:54–55).

As those who have been raised with Christ, let us seek eternal things, not earthly things. One day He will appear again, and we will join Him in glory. But as we wait, let us rest in the peace of Christ today. Lord, hasten the day of your return.

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Melanie Rainer is a bookworm from birth who makes her days writing, editing and reading in Nashville, where she also joyfully serves as the editor of Kids Read Truth. She has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, spends as much time as she can in the kitchen, and can’t wait until her two daughters are old enough to read Anne of Green Gables.

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95 thoughts on "Jesus Secures Our Peace with God"

  1. Callie Garrett says:

    Trying to find peace daily. This was a great reminder of where true peace comes from.

  2. Jayla Clark says:

    I am struggling with peace of mind mostly because me and my boyfriend of 2 years broke up and he was the reason I got closer to God.. I do believe God sent him in my life to show me how a real man is supposed to treat his love, and also use God, our father as a foundation. Since I lost my boyfriend I’ve been praying like crazy that he sees fit to bring us back together…with that being said I’ve also been without a car for about a month now and it’s hard finding rides or “friends” to take me to work. He’s made a way for me and I know that he won’t fail me. Please pray that I find my peace and that things work in my favor. Gods will!

  3. Molly Gilbane says:

    Lord, thank you for sending Jesus down from heaven. Through His blood and great sacrifice, He defeated death and we, God’s children, get the honor of claiming reconciliation with our Father. Oh death where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting?

  4. Stephanie Morell says:

    “But as we wait, let us rest in the peace of Christ today.” My prayer today is that i continuously find peace through Him and not let anxiety or worry be present.

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