[Papercut Press] 2001-06-19 - International Panic Day

Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.

I didn't want to tell you until it was over, but yesterday, 6-18, was international panic day. I hope I avoided causing panic by keeping the issue under wraps. Everyone has their moments or issues that can drive us into a panic. I have one that is completely irrational, but it is nevertheless still mine. I hate driving over large bridges. At some point several years ago I asked myself while driving over a bridge, "I wonder what would happen if there was an earthquake right now?" Now I ask that question every time I travel over a large bridge. It is foolish. It is embarrassing. But it is mine.

Christ promises peace to those who love Him. He promises peace with ourselves, peace with others, and peace with God. When Jesus healed the woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." Luke 8:48 Christ not only healed her medical condition but He sent her away in peace. Peace with ourselves is part of the restoration process that takes place when we come to Christ in faith.

That restoration process is also experienced in our relationships with others. Christ has "reconciled all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross," Colossians 1:20 That peace enables us to have rich fellowship with each other. "but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7. The peace which Christ brings is the basis upon which we form our Christian fellowship.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, Christ brings us peace with God. "Lord, You will establish peace for us, since You have also performed for us all our works." Isaiah 26:12 One of the works that Christ performs for us is reconciliation between us and God. Our sin had broken our fellowship with God but Christ has made atonement for our sin and restored our relationship with God. Salvation is a work that is performed for us by Christ. We do not save ourselves, but rather Christ saves us. "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit." Titus 3:5 This work of salvation is what brings us peace with God and in many respects this also results in peace with ourselves and peace with others.

Soli Deo Gloria,