“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace…”
– Isaiah 52:7a (ESV)
Have you ever heard the phrase, “peace out?” I am pretty sure, depending on the generation you grew up in, you may have said it a lot. It seems like it is also one of those phrases that comes and goes and never truly disappears. I looked up the definition of the phrase and based on what I could find most all agree that it is a phrase signaling one’s departure. It is the same as someone saying, “I’m outta here!” It seems kind of odd that a word that most often identifies the presence of something is used to highlight the absence of something. But then again, true peace is absent in the hearts and lives of people when Jesus is absent. Friends, the good news of the Gospel tells us that Jesus has come and has brought us peace!
In our text this week, Paul will remind us that the Gospel has brought us peace. So we stand firm knowing that wherever we go, and whomever we encounter, the Gospel will be the sure foundation and right solution. Peace has happened vertically so that peace can be experienced and lived out horizontally. Church, our world needs peace, and it needs a savior who is not flashing the “peace sign” and then heading out, rather He has come and is offering it to all.
Can’t wait to unpack this text with you this week! Please read the whole section in preparation for your time together this Sunday (Ephesians 6:10-20).
Take some time to listen to the worship set, and ask the Lord to prepare your heart to receive His truth.
Love you Church,
Myerstown Campus & Small Groups Pastor