The Missing Peace
Posted by Brad Quiring on March 18, 2016
We are now into the Easter Season. It is a very important time for the church calendar. It is even more important when we realize what Easter is really about: peace with God through Christ. The Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)”
God made everything complete in the beginning, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 KJV)”
God created everything this way: Very Good. Complete. Perfect peace. Perfect harmony. No need to upgrade or improve. Exactly the way God had prepared it.
Sadly, people chose to disobey God and follow their own way. This broke the relationship with God: a loss of peace. What happened to the perfect peace?
In Genesis chapter 3 we see a tragedy that has universal consequences. Genesis 3:1-13 describes the path of sin and disobedience that has brought us to the place we are at right now:
- Satan planted a question that twisted God’s word and generated doubt about God’s Word and will. (Genesis 3:1)
- Eve misquoted God’s word (Genesis 3:2. Read Genesis 2:15-17 for context)
- Satan lied outright about God’s Word and will (Genesis 3:4-5)
- Temptation entered and Eve did not run from it (Genesis 3:6)
- Deliberate disobedience. (Genesis 3:6)
Going on in Genesis 3:9-12 we see that God told Adam and Eve that they would die if they ate the fruit. They didn’t drop dead immediately, rather God gave them the opportunity to confess their sin.
God called for Adam, he searched for him, rather than just calling him out and punishing him with death.
The consequences are unimaginable, yet very real in our lives today. Read through Genesis 3:13-19 to see the scope of God’s curse on all people and creation.
Yet there is a beautiful and powerful hope built into God’s curse. We see this in Genesis 3:14-15, “14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
This is what we learn: Satan was destroyed by Christ’s death on the cross and he will be thrown into hell one day: Permanent, deadly injury. Christ died on the cross but rose again from the dead, never to die again: Temporary injury.
- We know that Satan is our enemy, not our friend.
- The seed of the woman is Jesus.
- A crushed head is fatal and permanent. A bruised heel is temporary and heals. Satan was
Even in the tragedy and judgment of sin, God shows his love, care and mercy to Adam and Eve, and by extension to every one of us.
Our sin has separated us from God. We have no peace with God or one another because of sin. We search for this peace through many different ways, except the way God has
opened for us.
This Easter season let’s look to Jesus as our peace.