Sermon by Dr. Jonathan Seda, from Exodus 17-17 & Romans 5.1-11.
Wars around the world; political, racial & economic clashes in our country; difficulties, sickness & deep disappointments; personal failures in the way we live & think. All these can leave us with an underlying feeling of anxiety that nags us and sometimes brings feelings of despair. So, we often try to displace or drown these feelings with activity and distractions. But, these are of no avail. At best, they offer temporary relief. What we need is a peace that transcends all of this … a peace that will guard our hearts and our minds through all the joys and sorrows of this life. And it is just such a peace that Paul places before us in today’s New Testament lectionary reading in Romans 5.1-11. Paul wants us to know that We Have Peace because we have been justified by faith alone, because we are reconciled to God, and because we have hope in the glory of God which we will experience at the renewal of all things.