The world seeks peace.
It only makes sense. Chaos abounds. Terror. Disease. War. Wickedness. Confusion.
Whether or not they realize it, the world is recognizing that there’s a problem. And that peace is the cure.
They’re exactly right.
But in searching for peace, they search for safety. Health. Unity. Order. Tolerance. Perhaps even righteousness and truth.
Paul, in his letter to the saints in Ephesus, defines “peace” differently.
“He Himself is our Peace”
Through the death of the Son of God, the divisive wall is broken, and we are reconciled. Peace is found in Jesus, the One who has brought His children together under His blood, creating one new man. This peace not only binds believers together, Paul says it is the gospel which makes them ready to act, having been preached by Jesus Himself to those far and near.
By the blood of His cross we have peace. And order, and unity, and all the rest, in their most genuine sense.
The peace the world longs for isn’t impossible to gain. It’s no longer even a mystery.
They just don’t know what they’re searching for.
“For He Himself is our Peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances,
that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making Peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”