Jesus came to give us peace – eternal peace, heavenly, earthly, peace.
Do you have peace now?
- Chinese greeting is “Ni hao ma?”
- Tagalog is “Como esta…?”
- Tanzania is “….”
- English is “How are you?”
- Korean is “Annyonhasayo?”
Secular greetings ask questions with uncertainty.
Christian greeting is a blessing, proclaiming with certainty.
“Peace to you!”
After Genesis 3, the Fall, sin, all men became peaceless, restless wanderers.
Apart from God, anyone, everyone, is peaceless and a wanderer, true peace cannot be found in this world.
True peace, heavenly peace can only be found in Jesus Christ.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, I do not give as the world gives, do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” – Jesus
Ephesians 2:14 ‘Jesus Christ himself is our peace, he has made the two one…’
- This world says, “If you want peace…prepare for war!”
- The Bible says, “If you want peace…proclaim for Christ!”
#1 Now, I bless that you and I may have peace with God.
Romans “Therefore since we have been justified by grace through faith into this peace in which we now stand…we have peace with God…”
2 Corinthians 5:25 “Be reconciled to God.”
How can we have peace with God?
There is only one way, only one condition. By believing Christ as our Lord, proclaiming that he is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, we can have peace with God.
By turning away from sin, and TO God in Christ in our deep hearts, we can have peace with God.
And then, possessing this true peace with God, Proverbs says, “peace of mind, heart, conscience.”
#2 Bless that you may have peace with others – with our neighbors.
How can we have peace with our co-workers, brothers, neighbors, people on the street?
We can have peace with others by blessing others with peace.
Matthew 10:12 “As you enter the home, speak your peace. If that home is deserving, leave your peace there, if not, let it return to you.”
And we can have peace with other by forgiving them and accepting them as Jesus did with us.
Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive man when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you your sins. BUT, if you do not forgive, your Heavenly Father will NEVER forgive your sins.”
In the Lord’s prayer, “Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
So, we must remember that even very difficult people for us to forgive are the very people for whom Jesus came to die.
Also, we can have peace with others by remembering that judgment and avenging are God’s job, not our job.
Please remember humans, our neighbors, are not objects to fight against, but to live together with in peace.
Romans 12:18-19, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with EVERYONE, but leave room for God’s wrath, for as it is written: ‘I will repay’ says the Lord God.”
#3 Bless that we may become peacemakers (peace creators)
Jesus says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God in this world.”
How can we become peace makers in this world?
We can become peace makers by making Christ, the Prince of Peace, known to this world, by proclaiming the Gospel of Peace.
2 Cor 5:18 “God reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
“Peace to you!”
So, like this, when we have peace with God, peace of heart, conscience, mind, peace with others, it will be glory to God.
Glory to God!
Peace to you and us!
God bless you in Jesus name.