“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” (Eph 2:14)
In Isaiah 9:6-7, the Lord Jesus came as “the Prince of Peace” who gave the ultimate sacrifice to bring peace between God and humanity. Not only has the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ given us a new life, it also brings reconciliation between the Jews and Gentiles. The dividing wall of hostility that has separated Gentiles from Jews for centuries was the law of commandments and ordinances. The broken body of the Lord through the cross reconciled all men, including both Jews and Gentiles, to God.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2Co 1:3-4)
Paul calls God “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” God cares about us and helps us in our weakness and suffering. We may suffer for our faith or for the ministry. The source of suffering could be persecution, ideological disputes, differing ideas between members, natural and man-made disasters such as wars, famines, and a pandemic. But our Lord is an almighty, merciful, and loving God. He will help us. He will enable us to endure through our affliction when we rely on Him. The Holy Spirit is our comforter. The Bible says that “now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom 5:5). When we receive comfort from God, we are to pass on the comfort we have received to others who are in suffering.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
forever.” (Heb 13:8)
I love to read the story of Jesus recorded in the four Gospels of the New Testament Bible. The story of Jesus is very real and dear to me. When Jesus spoke, it is as if He is speaking to me. His teachings are true and unchanging, for He said that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt 24:35). I also imagine that I was physically with Him, witnessing Him taking actions on various events and performing miracles on many occasions. I have firmly believed what happened then can also take place now, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
“So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.” (Exo 33:22)
After facing the crisis of God’s wrath for worshipping the golden calf, Moses asked the Lord to show him His presence to know whether He was still with the Israelites in the wilderness. God graciously granted Moses’ request and assured him, “I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand.” It shows God’s tender love and intimate relationship with Moses.
As the unfaithful kingdom of Judah neared her end, God instructed Jeremiah to visit the Rechabites, who were to serve as an example for the people of Judah. The Rechabites kept their forefather Jonadab’s command not to drink wine, build a house, or sow seeds. Such a lifestyle seemed impossible with the given circumstances, but they persevered even when their determination seemed insignificant to others. The Babylonians were devouring their nation and most of the Israelites had forsaken God.