Get Together – HIS PEACE IS ETERNAL Joh 14:27 “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. (NKJV)
Yesterday there were several things going through my mind that were things that would attempt to be robbers of the peace that Jesus promises us. As we look at a lot of the events in our culture there are certainly some things that we need to be concerned about. On the other hand, we cannot allow those concerns to rob us of the peace that Jesus promises to those who follow Him.
On the night that He would be betrayed by one of His disciples. A night after a powerful time when the Lord instituted the Lord’s Supper and washed His disciples feet. A night when one of His most faithful disciples would deny Him three times. On a night that He knows that the next day He will be taking the sins of the world upon Him at Calvary’s cross. On this night He knows that He will be beaten and rejected by His own people. On this night He tells the disciples that He is leaving His peace with them.
You see Jesus was looking at things from an eternal perspective. In Joh 14:1-3 he tells them “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” He tells them to not let their hearts be troubled. There are as I said earlier lots of things in our current time that can trouble our hearts. My heart was troubled about something Wednesday that I won’t go into here. But during the day I kept hearing the Holy Spirit speak this word to my mind and to my spirit from Joh 14:27 “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.” Wow!
I have prayed that passage and believed that passage many times when praying for people that may have been going through a time of challenge in some way. And I truly believe that the Holy Spirit honored that and gave people peace. On the other hand sometimes, it is a bigger challenge to our faith when we pray that, or some other promise from God over ourselves.
And yet God is faithful to His word and to His promises. As I was on my way home last night I was listening to a message on the radio and that same passage that the Holy Spirit had speaking to me was in the Preacher’s message.
I think that what God was saying to me is that in these uncertain times that we live in is that Jesus Christ will give us a peace that the world cannot give us. The world will tell you that you can find that peace in drugs, alcohol, unholy relationships, money, your favorite sports team.
For many of us we have tried to get peace from personal setbacks, or current events that bother us in the ways that the world offers peace. But peace didn’t come. The only thing that came was things that brought more trouble upon us.
I am sure that the disciples thought about Jesus words many times . They thought about them the day that He was crucified. They thought about them on that Sunday morning when He came out of the grave. They thought about them on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. They thought about them as they would face persecution and death for their faithfulness to Jesus Christ. And I am sure that they have thought about them and talked about them for close to two thousand years as they have experienced that perfect peace of being with the Lord in Heaven forever and ever.
I challenge you as well as myself that no matter what we may experience in these times of great uncertainty that we will receive and live out that peace that He has promised His followers no matter what the circumstance may be, or situation.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we know that there are many things that can come and attempt to rob us of our peace. Lord help us to stand on your promise that your peace You have left with us. Help us to not try to get that false peace in some way that the world offers it. But help us to be drawn to you so that the world can see what true peace is.
In Jesus Name
Love you all!
PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16.