27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace is a commodity that the world only talks about but really does not possess. But then, how can anyone, apart from Christ, have peace with God. If one does not have peace with God then they will only have temporary peace with one another. Human peace is dependent on our circumstances and on our emotions. So if the circumstances go sour and stay that way the emotions will eventually follow. Even the strongest of people struggle with remaining at peace.
But Jesus, whom Isaiah called the Prince of peace, told His followers that He was going to leave His peace with them. This is the difference between spending your own money and spending the money of a rich friend. Your bank account has a limit but your rich friend’s account is limitless. (That would be fun for a day.) Your peace account only shows the peace that you can muster when all is well but the unlimited peace of Jesus Christ is an account you can draw on any time and all the time.
In fact, Jesus says here that his peace is different from the peace that the world gives. The peace of Jesus Christ calms a troubled heart and takes away the fears of this life. For when we know that Jesus loves us, is with us always, has paid for our sin, has prepared a home for us in heaven with God, and by His grace has enriched us both for life and for eternity, we have a peace that the world cannot match nor can it take away.
When people come to me for counsel I always tell them that the Lord Jesus Christ is their Prince of peace and that from His kingdom of peace He wants to bring peace into their troubled lives. So the next time you face any trouble that seems to attack your peace, go to your Prince and get peace from His unlimited supply.
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
By tomorrow I will have yesterday’s sermon on the rich man and Lazarus up on the church website. This two Sunday focus on hell has been an important study for us. It reminds us of the reality of God’s judgment and yet the desire of God for our salvation. As we went out to street witness yesterday I saw each person as headed to heaven or to hell. We handed out about 60 gospels of John and Romans plus a number of tracts. Some people were interested, most of them were not. Pray for those who received the gospels to read them and to be led to salvation by the Holy Spirit.
It was a joy to see Kendall baptized yesterday! What a thrill for us as a church to participate in the growth of this young man. Pray for Kendall to follow Christ anew and to live as a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,