In the greeting to the churches in Revelation 1:4-5, the Lord Jesus pronounces grace and peace. In all the writings of the New Testament, it is always grace and peace. Have you ever asked yourself why none of them would write peace and then grace? No one can ever have the peace of God before receiving the grace of God. Only the grace of God through Jesus Christ can give you peace—true peace that reigns even in the midst of turmoil and the difficult times of life.

It is because of grace that we have had peace, have it now, and will have peace forever. If we confess Jesus as our Savior, that we are sinners saved only by His atoning blood, then we have had peace imparted to us. As God’s Word says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). We are now at peace with God because we have been made righteous in His sight: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The grace of Jesus has not only established peace between God and us but also among us. We can have peace in our relationships as we walk in the Spirit of the Lord. We can extend grace and forgiveness to one another in the present, remembering and experiencing now the grace and peace we have with God.

And we look forward to a day when that peace will be made complete and perfect for eternity. Peace will be forever. Shalom will be restored—wholeness will be all we know, for there will be no more crying or tears or pain or brokenness because the old order of things will have passed away (see Revelation 21:4). Are you ready for that day? Are you resting in the grace and peace of the Lord yesterday, today, and forever?

Prayer: God, I praise You for the grace and peace You have given to me. Help me to own it in the present in my relationships with You and others as I anticipate my future in the glory of Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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