When the Second World War in the Pacific ended, one very loyal Japanese soldier fought on. Lieutenant Onoda had orders to carry on guerrilla warfare in the Philippines jungle and was not to surrender whatever the circumstances. And so he carried on his solitary war against a non-existent enemy. Eventually, the authorities were able to convince him that the war had indeed ended: peace had broken out.
We can shake our heads at the futility of it. But there are innumerable people who are presently estranged from God who do not need to be. Innumerable people who rebel against God even as he offers pardon. Some who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge is right to rule their lives. Some who figure they are too far gone for any divine mercy and grace.
Peace with God is on offer. Made possible by Jesus taking away what kept us from God in the first place. Made real by our acceptance of what he has done. God has no desire to be at war with humanity.
At a time when peace between nations seems impossible, when peace between warring family members seems a distant dream, peace with God is no dream and no impossibility. No need to carry on fighting. Peace has been declared.