At times, this world seems like it’s spinning out of control. Human suffering doesn’t stop with the pictures of War in Iraq or Islamic terrorism. Abuse, crime, poverty, strife, and yes, even that morning traffic on the way to work, can cause worry and anxiety to take up relentless residence in our lives. Where there are humans, there is some form of suffering. But just as we all suffer…we all look for peace.
So how can it be found in a world such as this? We at KJOL have experienced the words of John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." The only real peace is found in the midst of trying times. And it only comes from the one who spoke those words, Jesus Christ.
How do we find the peace of Jesus Christ? Let’s start at the beginning.
The Bible clearly tells us that God created everything in existence. The first verse says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It was created in a state of perfection, by a perfect God. So how did it get to be in the depraved state we see today?
The first man and woman were given the choice to disobey God; and eventually, they did. With this first sin, the earth was cursed, and the slippery slope of sin was punished by a perfect and just God (Genesis 3). Death entered into existence.
But God in his mercy, and in His perfect timing, would one day redeem those under the curse of sin. The prophets of old foretold this event throughout history (Isaiah 53:5-6 for example); and something would have to die to atone for sin (Leviticus 17:11, 1 Peter 1:18-20) Over 2000 years ago, the greatest story of redemption finally took place.
Since “all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23), no one was worthy to pay the penalty of sin, except the glorious and perfect God Himself. So, he came to earth, was born of a virgin, did miracles before witnesses, and eventually paid the price of our sin. Taking our sin upon Himself, He was crucified upon a Roman cross (Luke 23).
And he did something that no mere man could ever do…He raised from the dead (Acts 2:23-24).
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus died to pay the penalty of our sin, and in doing so, made eternal life a free gift to those who accept it. So, how do we except this free gift?
"…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Believe, and then pray to God. It could go something like this:
“Jesus, I am a sinner. Forgive me. Thank you for dying for my sin. I confess you as Lord. Come into my life.”
If you pray this prayer, God promises to come into your life, never leave you, and begin His wonderful work of peace and freedom in your life. If you haven’t done this before, won’t you do this today?
If you prayed that prayer, congratulations! Be sure to tell someone! We recommend calling 1-888-Need-Him, or our station, 970-254-5565. People at either number would love to show you how to live a life for Jesus!