It was the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ who ushered in peace, and he did that by not just being born, but by also through daily obedience, death, resurrection, and ascension, he became the propitiation. As propitiation he became the suitable sacrifice and appeased God’s wrath. He also removed our sin and guilt and became sin himself, properly understood: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21).
It is quite simple really. We cannot obtain peace among ourselves without being at peace with God. When we confess our sins and confess the name of our Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and we turn from our sins, we find peace with God. The work of our Lord on earth was to testify to the truth, and in doing that, Jesus came to reconcile the sinner to the heavenly Father. And that is real peace.
It is this one true peace that puts all wars into perspective, whether its the drug war, the cancer war, or that which has occupied the top headlines for years, the war on terror. It is this one true peace that can only envelop discord and disunity in the home, in the family, and in the church.
This weekend we will be enjoying our tulip festival and showing the colors and music of our Dutch heritage. May we not forget that our forebears came to settle in this part of the country to escape religious persecution and to live in peace that surpasses all understanding–peace with God.