With this years 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, pictures like this NASA public domain photo have been in the news. If you look closely at this picture of Buzz Aldrin you can see in his reflection Neil Armstrong taking the photo, standing next to the Eagle lunar module. Buzz Aldrin later described this moment when he and Neil Armstrong were alone on the moon, with millions of people on earth watching: In this one moment, the world came together in peace for all mankind.” (Apollo Through the Eyes of the Astronauts).
As significant and widely watched as this moment was in the history of our world, it has obviously not lead to world peace, nor is it able to do so.
The death of Jesus on a cross outside Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago, did not at that time receive the sort of worldwide attention the moon landing did. Yet in the days afterward, through the years to today a growing number of people all over the world have recognised how significant the cross was. The Bible describes how in Jesus, God was making peace through his blood shed on the cross (Colossians 1:20).
Jesus death is able to bring peace in a way that no other event does, because it humbles humans beings. It show us that our rebellion against God is far more serious than we realise. This goes against our natural tendency to think of ourselves as better than others. It shows us the way to peace is through the grace God offers in Jesus’ death. Through humbling ourselves and trusting in the forgiveness and peace God offers us in Jesus, we receive power to work towards living at peace with all people.