March 23, 2016

The Peace of Jesus

John 14:15-31

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

—  John 14:27

Our world needs peace. There is so much conflict going on between people groups, nations, political parties, religious groups, churches, and even individual Christians. There’s internal conflict in the form of anxiety and stress. Where can we find peace?

Jesus gives us the answer. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” Lasting peace comes from Jesus. His peace is deep and soul satisfying. His peace brings wholeness. It’s like solving a puzzle. Jesus’ peace takes the scattered pieces and puts them in order. The result is peace in a variety of ways.

First of all, we have peace with God through the covering of our sins. That leads to peace within as we know we have a Father who loves us. Then, finally, there’s peace with others as we learn to serve and be gracious and forgiving.

Jesus’ peace is unique, much different from the world’s kind of peace. He said, “I do not give to you as the world gives.” The world seeks peace, but it only touches the surface of our lives. It may lead to a temporary end of conflict, but it cannot cure the source of that conflict—sinful human hearts.

Jesus is the great peacemaker. Do you know the peace Jesus brings? Do you want it? Trust in him today.

We worship you, Jesus, for the lasting peace your blood provides. May we enjoy peace with God and learn to live at peace with others. In the name of the Prince of Peace, Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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