By Rev. David Williams Iron City Baptist Church
Peace, it seems to be in high demand and short supply these days. It is something that you can’t buy nor is it something that you can achieve. It is something that all desire, but few have. It is something that our whole world currently longs for. It is something that is only truly available through Jesus Christ.
At bedtime every night we have quite the family routine. Once the children finish their baths, put pajamas on, and brush their teeth, then we all sit down as a family in the boys’ room. It is there we read our Bible story for the night, two other books, say our prayers, and then give our hugs and kisses. I stay behind, as mommy leaves, to sing two songs. Recently, I started slowly saying a Bible verse and they started repeating after me. What I noticed very quickly is that my oldest son Davis, four years old, memorizes these verses with ease. So I began to add another verse each week or so to the one that we had previously memorized. Currently, we are memorizing Colossians 1:15-20, which is about the supremacy of Jesus Christ. We finally made it down to verse 20 which says, “and through Him (Jesus) to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in Heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” Now, I don’t know who taught my son what reconcile means, but every single night we say the verse together, he shouts “reconcile, reconcile, reconcile… to fix! To fix! To fix!” It literally is one of the cutest things you have ever seen! Here we are trying to calm down and fall asleep and he blurts out, without fail, his excitement of what the word reconcile means.
The first thing that we must understand is that as humans we are disconnected from God; that we need to be reconciled to God, that we need a fixed, restored relationship with God. The Bible tells us that every single person has sin in their heart that keeps them from God. This sin in our hearts is like a cancer that grows and spreads when left undealt with, pushing us further and further away from God. But the Bible tells us how we can have a peace with God, how we can be reconciled to God, how we can have a fixed, restored relationship with God; “through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.”
That is what Easter is all about. Easter, while a beautiful time of the year, is not about the pretty colors, the nice weather, or the fun activities, it is about what Jesus Christ did for mankind. 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He took our punishment and our sins upon Himself, Three days later when He rose from the dead He conquered sin, death, and the grave, making a way for any and all to have peace with God once again. Jesus made a way for your relationship with God to be reconciled (To fix! To fix! To fix!). The call of the Bible upon your life is for you to look to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, turn from those sins, asking Jesus Christ to come into your life to save you, so that you can have peace with God today.
I know that peace seems to be in high demand and in short supply these days, but with God His supply never runs out. He gives freely to all those who ask. God Bless and Happy Easter everyone!
Pastor David Williams
Iron City Baptist Church