Our daily newspapers are filled withÂ painful reminders that ours is a turbulentÂ and troubled world. Acts of violenceÂ and a disturbing number of crimes areÂ committed every day. Ominously, thereÂ often seems to be no sense of guilt on theÂ part of the o enders.
What kind of problems will we beÂ leaving for our children to cope with?Â Any concept that life is sacred, and thatÂ it is a gift from God, has apparently beenÂ forgotten. It is hardly surprising that lifeÂ is treated so cheaply, since the theory ofÂ evolution implies that a human life is of noÂ more value than that of an animal.
Is there a solution to the problemsÂ plaguing our world? Can peace be aÂ reality? In the beginning God created manÂ in His own image (Genesis 1). God andÂ man enjoyed daily fellowship.Â en manÂ severed his relationship with God by anÂ act of willful disobedience. God called thisÂ sin. The separation that resulted from thatÂ broken relationship remained until GodÂ provided the answer.
Over 2000 years ago God sent His Son,Â the Lord Jesus Christ to be a MediatorÂ between God and man. Though the LordÂ Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life, He wasÂ rejected by men and condemned to dieÂ by crucifixion. The most momentous Â hours in human history were those whenÂ Godâ€™s Son took upon Himself the sin ofÂ the entire human race. As He hung onÂ the cross, Jesus paid the penalty of sin,Â bridging the great gulf between God andÂ man. He proclaimed the completion ofÂ redemptionâ€™s plan when He cried â€œIt isÂ finished!â€ His sacrificial death made itÂ possible for mankind to be restored to aÂ right relationship with God.
The Apostle Peter described this God-givenÂ message as â€œâ€¦preaching peace byÂ Jesus Christâ€ (Acts 10:36). All who repentÂ of their sin against God and accept HisÂ offer of salvation through the death ofÂ His Son â€œhave peace with God through ourÂ Lord Jesus Christâ€ (Romans 5:1). If youÂ trust the Lord Jesus as your Saviour youÂ will be brought into a right relationshipÂ with God and enjoy that peace today.
In the Bible we have a promise fromÂ God, â€œThe Lord will bless His peopleÂ with peaceâ€ (Psalm 29:11). There is aÂ day coming when the Lord Jesus ChristÂ will bring peace to our troubled world.Â Violence, natural disasters, famines,Â disease and war itself will be removedÂ from human society. Trust Him, and theÂ peace and security with which He willÂ bless the world when He reigns can beÂ yours today.
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