Saturday, 10/10/2020
Where is Peace?
By: Pastor Andrew Lim

Jesus said: “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).

People are extremely insecure and yearn for peace. We often wish each other well: A safe journey, Bon Voyage, Travel Safe and Peace be with you always.

Human craves for peace too much. Unfortunately, since the beginning of time, there are wars, famines, plagues, disasters, all kinds of pain and diseases among us.

Peace cannot be found in this world. Instead, comforting words are found from those who are unsure of their own.

Why are people insecure? Because people know deep in their hearts and in the deepest parts of their conscience that one day a terrible judgment will come upon them!

Today, we are in the upmost unsafe environment than in any previous generation, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in a very short time, the global total has reached more than 35 million cases and more than 1 million deaths. People are worried about their safety and their families.

Jesus Christ has a very important promise that He gives us heavenly peace in this suffering, earthly home.

Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Jesus promised that the peace He bestows does not change as the peace in this world, and the peace He bestows can never be lost.

People who do not have Jesus Christ not only have no peace, but they often live in fear, worry about life, worry about many things in life, worry about when and where to after death.

Death is not the end of pain. Many times, people will use “Rest in Peace”, “Soul Ascend to Heaven”, and “Immortality” to comfort those who have lost their relatives and friends. However, the Bible clearly stated that for those who do not have eternal life, they cannot stand before God’s judgment, but eternal suffering hell. Jesus promised everyone who believes and accepts Him to have life: there will be peace before death and eternal life after death.

Once Jesus took his disciples across the sea to the other side, there was a big storm, disciples who were professional fishermen could not control the boat. They desperately called Jesus for help. Jesus was sleeping, and the disciples asked Jesus why are you asleep and not saving us? As Jesus woke, he rebuked the disciples and calmed the wind and waves. We knew that Jesus was able to calm the wind and waves of nature immediately. Is it possible that Jesus cannot solve the problems we are facing today?

We all experience various storms in our lives, such as being framed, financial crisis, illness, disappointments or loneliness. Although Jesus might not prevent the storms, He promised never to leave or abandon us (Hebrews 13:5). He will guard us from the storm and keep us calm and stable.

After Jesus was resurrected, he said to the women, ‘Peace be with you!’

Jesus appeared to the disciples and stood among them, said: ‘Peace be with you!’

When Jesus appeared to the disciples, Thomas was not with them, and the disciples said to him: “We have seen the Lord”. But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”. Eight days later, the disciple was in the house again including Thomas. The doors are closed, Jesus came and stood among them and said: Peace be with you!

Jesus knows what we need most: peace, so he promised us heavenly peace.

Jesus said: “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”.

So, we are to trust Him, claim His promise, and rely on Him. Although we do not know how tomorrow will be, we know that God is in-charged.

May the promise of the Lord Jesus bring true peace to you and me amidst the storm of the pandemic!

PRAYER:
Oh, Almighty God in Heaven! Where is Peace? The peace in the world will comfort us temporarily. Only in you, we find real peace, although the sea is tossing, the world changes, unpredictable and it scares us, but You are the PEACE that will never change. In the storm of life, please let us get closer to You. When we know You and rely on You, we can enjoy the peace from heaven. Our humbly prayer is in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen!

每日灵修
星期六 2020年10月10日
标题:何处有平安
作者:林金仪传道

耶稣说:我留下平安给你们,我将我的平安赐给你们。我所赐的,不像世人所赐的。你们心里不要忧愁,也不要胆怯。

人特别缺乏安全感,我们特别向往平安。我们常常会彼此祝愿:一路平安、出入平安、一生平安、岁岁平安。

我们太需要平安。可惜的是,从古到今,我们看到人类的历史中间没有平安。从古到今,战乱、饥荒、瘟疫、灾害、各样的痛苦、疾病充斥着我们这个世界。

我们在这个世界找不到平安。人找得到的是一些连他们自己都不知道自己有没有平安的人对他们的安慰的话。

人为什么不平安?因为人良心的最深处有一个回应,知道这个可怕的审判有一天终要来到!

今天,我们比以往任何世代都更加没有平安,因为单单新冠病毒肺炎疫情爆发之后,短短时间全球累计已经达到3500万多例、100多万死亡 。人都在担心自己或家人的安危。

耶稣基督有一个非常重要的应许,就是在这个充满苦难的世界里,他要赐给我们属天的平安。

耶稣说:我将这些事告诉你们,是要叫你们在我里面有平安。在世上你们有苦难。但你们可以放心,我已经胜了世界

耶稣应许说他赐予的平安不像这世界的平安容易改变,他赐的平安永远不能失去。

没有耶稣的人不仅没有平安,而且常常都活在担惊受怕里面,为生活担心,为人生的许多事情担心,担心不知道自己何时离开世界,离开世界之后又进入什么世界。

死亡并非痛苦的最后结局。许多时候,人们会用“安息”,“魂归西天”,“永垂不朽”来安慰那些失去亲友的人。可是圣经清楚的指明,对于所有没有永生生命的人来说,他们在上帝的审判面前站立不住,最后的结局将是永远痛苦的地狱。耶稣应许凡是相信并接受祂进入生命的人:生前有平安死后有永生。

一次耶稣带门徒渡海过另一个地方,当他们在船上时突然起了大风浪,那风和浪大到连身为專业渔夫的门徒,都没有办法来支撑,他们拼命喊叫耶稣救命,那时耶稣正在睡觉,门徒问耶稣为何您还在睡觉,不来救我们呢?耶稣醒来时,祂不但斥责门徒,祂也对风和浪说平静了,风和浪就立刻止住,大大地平静了。我们看到耶稣既然能够使大自然的风和浪立刻平静。难道今天我们所遇到的问题 ,耶稣不能解决吗?

我们都会在人生中经历各样的风暴,如陷害、财务危机、疾病、失望或孤寂。虽然耶稣不一定会阻止风暴的发生,但祂承诺永不撇下、不丢弃我们(希伯来书13章5节) 。祂将在暴风中保守我们,使我们平静安稳。

耶稣复活后对婦女 們说‘愿你们平安!
耶穌親自向门徒显现站在他們當中,說: 願你們平安 !

耶穌向门徒显现的時候 ,多馬沒有和他們在一起。門徒就對他說:我們已經看見主了。多马却說:我非看見他手上的釘痕,用指頭探入那釘痕,又用手探入他的肋旁, 我總不信,八日后,門徒又在屋裡,多馬也和他們同在,門都關了。耶穌來,站在當中說 :願你們平安!

耶稣知道我们最需要的是:平安,所以祂应许给我们属天的平安

耶稣说:我留下平安给你们,我将我的平安赐给你们。我所赐的,不像世人所赐的。你们心里不要忧愁,也不要胆怯。

所以我们要信靠祂捉住祂的应许,来依靠祂。虽然明天是如何我们还不知道 ,但我们知道上帝掌管明天。  

愿主耶稣的应许成为你我在疫情风暴中的真正平安!
 
祷告:上帝啊!何处有平安。世界上平安只会安慰我们,只有在您哪里才能找到真正的平安, 虽然大海会翻腾, 天地会改变,世界变幻莫测,会让我们担惊受怕 ,但是您是永远不改变的平安。在生命的风暴中,求您让我们更亲近您, 在认识您和依靠您的时候, 能够享有从您天上来的平安 。诚心祷告是奉耶稣的名。

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