(More still about) if Jesus had not been born

If Jesus had not been born we wouldn’t have the Spirit and without the Spirit we’d have no idea that God is our Father and no clue what our Father is up to: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.

With the Spirit we do see what our Father is up to. We see Colossians 1:19-29, that “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him (Jesus Christ), and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” We see how God our Father has been preparing the entire universe for eternity through Jesus Christ, where all eventually will be at peace – just as the angels promised in Luke 2:14 when Jesus was born.

But how is God bringing peace to the universe through Jesus Christ? It began with Christ’s death. Jesus was then brought back from the dead to ascend to heaven in triumphant victory, Colossians 2:15, so that he could become head of the church, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 1:22-23, because it’s through the church that Jesus would start the ball rolling. The church would be the place where the work of bringing peace to the world would be done.

The evidence of that was soon obvious. Jews and Gentiles, ardent enemies outside the church, became equals and friends in the church. The change was remarkable. The reason, however, was clear, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,” Ephesians 2:14. Jesus was at work already, his clear purpose being “to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,” verse 15.

It was in the church that the seeds of universal peace were being sown. It was only in the church though, because that was the only group on the planet responding to what Christ was doing, and the only group on earth capable of doing it. But this is why Jesus ascended to heaven, “so that the body of Christ (the church) may be built up until we all reach unity.” Ephesians 4:12-13. The church would be a wonderful place to be, because “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love,” verse 16.

Jesus was born to bring peace to the earth. He died and ascended to heaven to make it possible. And the evidence that he’s doing it is in his church today.

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