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!
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!
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！
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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