Lent 2009 (34) – Peace with God

…righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus… Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 3:22-24; 5:1

In court the process is clear: someone is accused of doing something wrong, evidence is heard and challenged, a verdict is given, and sentence passed. This is the background to Paul’s words here. It is we who are in the dock, accused of breaking God’s law – and however good we may be, we are all in the same boat, because none of us keeps God’s law fully and always. The verdict is given, “guilty”.

But then comes the surprise: the judge (God) declares: “you are justified”, that is, cleared, nothing to pay, free to go. And we may want to say: How come? And the answer is: Jesus has done the necessary so that you can be free – that is another way of saying “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (v.24).

There are many today who know they have got it wrong, feel guilty about it, have no peace, but don’t know what to do or where to go. What they really need to hear are the words: “you are forgiven, free to go”.

The cross – was it worth it? Yes – because of the cross I know I am OK by God and can enjoy peace with him.

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