Daily devotions for November 19 from Christ in Our Home. Pick up your paper copy at Reformation on Sunday.
Jesus Is Our Peace
“God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things. . . making peace through the blood of his cross.” (v. 20)
My fifth grade Sunday school room had a beautiful poster that said, “Jesus is our shalom.” A rainbow shone over a diverse community of plants, animals, and humans. Each color of the rainbow illustrated a description of God’s peace: harmony, freedom, justice, love, and so forth.
About the time of Jesus’ earthly life and the start of the Christian community, influential leaders of the Roman Empire described life under the empire’s rule as Pax Romana, the Peace of Rome. If a province accepted Roman taxation and military control, it could live under the Peace of Rome.
The gospel stories of Jesus and the letters of the early disciples uncover the lies of that kind of worldly peace and reveal God’s true peace. In Jesus Christ, God rescues us from the extortion, greed, and violence of our empire-building ways. God pays the price of our sin, gathering and reconciling all things through the blood of the cross of Christ.
God liberates us from the empire of sin and gives us life under the rainbow of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God, set us free to live in peace under the reign of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer concern: government officials and military personnel