Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

He Brought Peace

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

24th August 2014

‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Romans 5:1 NIV)

In the world of Monty Python a group of Jewish zealots are sitting in a darkened room plotting the overthrow of Rome.

One activist says, ‘They've taken everything we had, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers' fathers. And what have they ever given us in return?’

The replies from the others were: ‘The aqueduct; sanitation; the roads; medicine; education; health; the wine; public baths; it’s safe to walk the street at nights; they know how to keep order.’

Slightly annoyed at the responses the activist said, ‘All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have the Romans done for us?’

The lone reply was ‘Brought peace!’

That episode got me thinking about the question that some people ask: ‘What has Jesus Christ ever done for us?’

How would you answer that question?

Just as we might be able to list the numerous things the Romans did we could no doubt list many of the things Jesus did for us, but perhaps the bottom line is the answer given at the end of that comic scene – he brought peace!

That is what the angels announced at his birth, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

It’s easy to read that verse and think, ‘you have got to be joking. Peace?

There has been no peace on earth since Jesus was born’.

But this is not talking about the end of armed conflict or the cessation of war. It’s referring to peace with God that Jesus will provide for us through his sacrifice.

The Bible says in Colossians 1:21-22, ‘At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought. But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends, in order to bring you, holy, pure, and faultless, into his presence’. (GNT).

The good news is that Jesus Christ has already done everything you need to make peace with God. All you need to do is surrender and accept it by faith.

‘So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God’. (Romans 5:11 NLT).


Father, thank you that through the Lord Jesus Christ we are no longer your enemies but have been reconciled to you and are now your friends. Help us to value the sacrifice that has brought us peace.

Have a good week walking in peace with your friend,

Pastor Barry

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