A self-help guide to inner peace

Rev Peter Carr
Rev Peter Carr

At the time of writing, we at the Buckhaven Community Church are preparing for our fourth of a seven-session course on ‘Christianity Explored’.

The fourth session has its focus on the Cross, having already looked at the identity of Jesus and why he came to earth almost 2000 years ago.

We looked at the nature of sin in the last session, so now look to the Cross, the place where the sin of those who trust in Jesus was dealt with.

For those who have not yet trusted Jesus as their Saviour, the conclusion has to be (from God’s perspective) that their sin cannot be dealt with until they do.

In looking at the Cross and why Jesus had to come, Rico Tice, the presenter of ‘Christianity Explored’, uses an invaluable illustration of the Titanic.

On the upper decks, there was no real sense of the immediate danger the ship was in once it struck the iceberg.

However, below deck, it was a different matter entirely. The full impact of what had happened and what the outcome would be was quickly realised.

Much like our lives, on the surface all may seem well, with no apparent realisation of the danger that sin will have on our lives, both now and eternally, if that sin goes on undealt with where a Holy God is concerned.

The reason the Cross exists is not simply as a fashion statement to hang around our necks, but as a reminder that it is the only way back to God our Creator through Jesus Christ his Son, the only Saviour who took the penalty we deserve for all the sins we have and will commit.

We, as individuals, are bankrupt when it comes being able to deal with our sin.

Only in trusting Jesus and his supreme sacrifice on the Cross can we get right with God, now and forever. It has to be on God’s terms, not ours!

What is sin? The bible, God’s Holy Word to humanity, is quite clear on the reality of sin and its consequences.

We may think we are not sinners, simply because we have no criminal record, pay our bills and live an upright life (all of these are good). But the bible tells us we are all sinners inherently.

The first and primary evidence of this is that we do not put God first. In Matt 22: 37, Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” How many of us can say we do?

Sin and its terrible consequences are at the heart of all of humanity’s problems – wars, genocide, abuse, jealousy, hatred, strife, gossip, slander, theft, lies, fighting, poverty, neglect, etc.

As we approach Easter once more, God invites us to look more closely at ourselves, no matter how good we think that we are.

In doing so, he also invites us to look to Jesus and the Cross, giving us the opportunity to make peace with him now and forever, simply by saying we are sorry for our sin and rebellion, trusting Jesus as our Saviour now and forever.