Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
JESUS CHRIST IS KING!
There is not much peace in our world. I guess there never really has been and probably never will be. I think of those poor people, particularly the students, at the school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The pain and suffering some people inflict upon others is shocking. One can but think: some members of the human race are a merciless, miserable lot.
At this time of the year, those who celebrate Christmas focus on peace and good-will towards others. This was the one of the subjects of the angels’ song as they praised God after announcing the birth of the Saviour to the shepherds.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13-14
The peace of which Jesus spoke and the angels sang was between God and people, or more specifically, between God and those with whom he is pleased.
This peace is not something we can generate. It is not peace between nations, peace between neighbours or even peace within our families. We might be able to create harmony for a time in our relationship with others, but it is often short-lived. Human nature, with all its frailties, gets in the way of our peace resulting in dysfunction, fractured relationships, all out war…and the death of children.
The peace of God, although far beyond our understanding and capabilities, is lasting because it is ministered by his Holy Spirit to those on whom his favour rests. They know deep in their heart of hearts that his peace keeps them safe and secure. They have no need to fear or be afraid. Furthermore:
The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:17-19