Peace in the cross
As believers we cherish the moment Jesus was crucified. We imagine His blood spilling to cover our multitude of sins. In this horrific moment, Jesus asks His Father to forgive the people and allows the Holy Spirit to come dwell within us.
Why is this horrific moment so peaceful? It is a bold reminder of what it took to save us from the sin which encapsulates this world. It gives a beautiful picture of what love is. John 3:16 states “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Oh, what peace that verse brings to my heart and the heart of all Christians around the world. We can rest in the cross. We can leave our burdens there. He carried that cross to its destination where He opened His arms to receive us into the kingdom of God. He was at peace with the Father’s instructions.
Peace is something we all strive for. We are looking for peace in our personal and professional lives. We are praying for the end of wars, hunger, and poverty in our world. God’s word is clear on where our peace comes from.
John 14:27 is a verse that we can carry in our hearts each day. As we wake up each morning, we have the privilege of a renewed sense of peace. No matter what comes our way, we are reminded that Jesus dealt with the same issues. He was fully human, just as we are. The lesson He continually taught through His storms, temptations, rejections, and ultimate death on the cross is that we can rest in the Lord. There is no sweeter peace than the peace that comes from God.
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Ashley Hooker is a freelance writer who spends her time homeschooling her two children, supporting her husband as he finishes school to become a pastor, and writing about her faith. Currently, she is a contributing author for Journey Christian magazine. She has taken part in mission trips with the NC Baptist Men during the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey in Mississippi and Texas. In her local church, she has served on various committees focusing in the area of evangelism along with traveling to West Virginia and Vermont to share the Gospel. Her dream is to spend her time writing and sharing the love of Christ with all she meets.