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01/20/2009

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Enter The Peacemaker


Every December 10th the Nobel Peace Prize is given to no more than three people who have promoted peace in the previous year. The first was given in 1901 to the founder of the Red Cross. In 1953 it was awarded to Albert Schweitzer, in 1964 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in 1979 to Mother Theresa. Although all of these people are impressive through their accomplishments, they pale by comparison to the greatest peacemaker of all time, Jesus Christ. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1).

I hope I haven't "worn out" that verse for you. It tells us so much about God and Jesus. God's justice demands punishment for sin, but Peter tells us, "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,(me) not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentence (2 Peter 3:9). How could God be just and merciful at the same time? This is exactly what Paul tells us in Romans 5:1. Our "justification" comes only through Jesus Christ.

Jesus willingly paid the price for us so that we could be reconciled back to God. (Romans 5:8-11) Our "spiritual bank account" was empty, and Jesus made a "deposit" for us. His righteousness was "credited" to our accounts. He took the penalty of our sins so that we could be acquitted or set free from them. If justification confuses you, just substitute "just as if" in its place. Jesus lived my life, so that I can be treated "just as if" I had lived His.

The message of Romans 5:1 is that God through Jesus took action on our behalf....What a wonderful peacemaker!.....

Have a great day...I will write again when I can....We can all make a difference through Jesus... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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