Jenks Christian Church- What does it mean when “all debts are paid?” It derives from the word peace in Hebrew, meaning shalom.
Paul the Apostle in Romans 5 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God.” The saying means that as believers we don’t have any unpaid debt that we owe God. Since God has accepted the death of Jesus as payment for our sins, we owe Him nothing. But, others can argue, in reality we owe Him everything. In Jesus, God has paid all of our debts.
The old hymn says, “Jesus paid it all; all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain; he washed it white as snow.”
Jesus said, “My peace I give to you- not as the world gives peace.” Our peace through the Prince of Peace is not an absence of war or an external peace, but it’s an inner peace. This is a peace that the world cannot understand and cannot take away. When Jesus said, “My peace,” this didn’t mean he’d not encounter any conflicts.
During this time, he was at war with the clergy. They attacked him at every turn and ended up having him killed. The last week leading up to his crucifixion, there were a series of skirmishes against the wealthy political appointees, who were the religious leaders. They tried to catch him with difficult and tricky questions, but Jesus was able to return back with defeat and every attack that came at him.
After they quit asking questions, Jesus asked them, “the question to end all questions.” In Matthew 22:44 and context, he asked them, “Whose son is the Messiah?” They responded, “Why, he is the son of David.” After that, he proceeded to ask them about Psalm 110:1.
He said, “Why then did David write, under the Spirit’s direction, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.””?
David was aware of the two “lords” on God’s throne. So Jesus finishes his query by saying, “How then can he be David’s son?” Non one could answer him after that statement. He is both the offspring and the roof of David. He is before and after.
Jesus’ peace was the peace in the world he came. He told the thief on the cross, “…you will be with me today in Paradise,” he reveals that he knew where he had come from and where he was going. The peace from Jesus was pointed inward, not outward. This is because his seven sayings from the cross reveal his turmoil, his struggles to understand the horror that was happening to him.
As of today, in many countries, there seems to be no peace for Jesus’ followers; persecution of Christians is widespread. A great estimated number of deaths of his faithful followers in this century will exceed the previous twenty centuries’ deaths. (See prosecution.com.)
The peace Jesus offers isn’t in this world. It is an internal peace. There will be struggle and trouble, but knowing our hope is residing in the next. Do you have peace? Jesus has it to offer if you follow him. If we trust in him, he will give us peace that no one can take away.