Advent 3.4: Peace Through Blood

Light all three purple candles.
Read: Colossians 1:19-20

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

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The most important peace of Christ, in my opinion, is that peace He earned through His death on the cross. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:12-13, “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” This is the basic Gospel message.

It is true that apart from Jesus Christ we have no peace with God. We are His enemies, Paul says in Colossians 1 — created by Him but in rebellion ever since Adam and Eve first sinned. And because of our sin and our broken nature, we were in need of someone to save us — a person who did not need saving himself. So God chose to become man in the form of Jesus, and through His blood shed on the cross He paid the debt and bridged the gap between God and man. It is through faith in Him that we now have our peace with God. He has “reconciled” us to God and now we can have a restored relationship with our Creator. Just accept what Christ has done and trust Him.

— Be God’s!

Sample Prayer

“Our Father in heaven, we light this candle to thank You for your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. We who were once alienated from You by our sin have now been reconciled to You through the blood of Your Son. And now He is our peace both pertaining to salvation and to life. We thank you for this peace in His holy name. Amen.“