Tuesday: 2 March, 2021
Title: SHALOM! PEACE BE WITH YOU
Pastor Isaac Yim
Text: John 20.21-23
Shalom! It is commonly used by the Jews and Muslims. It is a Hebrew word used both as a greeting and farewell. In English is translated as “Peace.” According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, shalom means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” One of the names of God is Yahweh-Shalom or Lord of Peace (Judges 6.24). Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9.6).
Shalom comes from God. Paul explains in Romans 5.1-3, we can have peace with God when we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are no longer enemies with God, but He has made peace with us through the blood of Christ (Romans 5.8-10). Jesus says, “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).
When Jesus meets his disciples after the resurrection, he continues to assure His troubled and frightened disciples. “Peace be with you” (John 20.19) and “Again he (Jesus) said, Peace be with you.” (John 20.21). Eight days later, behind locked doors, this time Thomas was with the rest of the disciples. Jesus suddenly appeared in their midst. Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20.26). The very presence of Jesus brings peace to them.
Today, we are living in so much uncertainties and fears behind closed doors. With the pandemic still raging on, we have good news of the vaccine arriving on our shore. Schools are opening for our kids to go to school. More shops and businesses are allowed to open their doors. Hopefully more jobs are available. Things are slowly becoming better. But peace is still very elusive. Our hearts are still troubled by the uncertainties of tomorrow. How much I wish Jesus could just appear in each of our homes. How much we need to hear His word of assurance, “Peace be with you.”
Shalom or peace has many dimensions and complete well-being when this peace is rooted in Jesus Christ. When the peace of God is in you, it touches every aspect of your life – physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. When our relationship with God is right, it will help with our relationship with ourselves and with others.
Peace with God is basically being reconciled with God. Sin puts us at enmity with God. In fact it separates us from God. Sin disrupts peace. However, peace can be restored and sins can be forgiven. Paul explains how this peace comes about, “1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5.1-2.
Peace with(in) oneself – is the most beautiful daily experience when the peace of God resides in you. This peace guides our hearts against anxieties, difficulties and sorrows Philippians 4.4-7. When this peace is lodged deeply in our hearts, we can have the capacity to be contented in any and all circumstances, even in the most difficult times. Philippians 4.12-13. We can count it all joy even in times of hardship and trial 1 Peter 1.6. The peace of God brings joy each day. And the joy of the Lord gives us strength to move forward even though times are tough. The peace of God will sanctify us and help us to grow to be more Christlike.
Peace with others – it means the end of hostilities and war. When our relationship is restored with Jesus, he enables us to live in peace with others. He also enables us to love and forgive one another. His love will bind us in unity. This is so crucial in our homes and in our churches. Paul appeals to us, “13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3.13-15.
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. Amen. 1 Thessalonians 5.23.
Prayer for today
Father in heaven, thank You that I have the peace of God in my heart by your grace through faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross. Lord, keep my eyes focused on you and let not the troubles and uncertainties of the future rob me of my peace and joy. Teach me to live one day at a time by casting all my cares on You.
Lord, give me the strength to bear the burdens of others and help me to live in love and harmony. Use me, as an instrument of your peace to reconcile people with you and one another.
Lord, fan my passion for touching the lost and broken around me with the grace of Jesus. Give me the peace of Christ, so that you can use me to bring peace and blessing to this fractured world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Shalom（沙龙）！犹太人和穆斯林常用它。这是一个希伯来语单词，既用作问候，也用作告别。英语译为 “Peace 平安”。根据《史特朗经文汇编》，Shalom的意思是 “完整、健全、福祉、和平”。上帝的名字之一是耶和华沙龙或平安之主(士师记6:24)；耶稣被称为和平的君(以赛亚书9:6)。
耶稣在复活后见祂的门徒时，祂继续安抚祂那些忧愁又胆怯的门徒。“愿你们平安” (约翰福音20:19)，以及 “耶稣又对他们说: 愿你们平安。” (约翰福音20:21)。八天后，在紧闭的门后，这一次多马也和其他门徒在一起；耶稣突然出现在他们当中。耶稣对他们说：“愿你们平安。” (约翰福音20:26)。耶稣的同在给他们带来平安。
当这平安植根于耶稣基督时，Shalom或平安就具有多层面和完美的幸福。当上帝的平安在您里面时，它会触及您生活的各个方面 – 身体、心理、社会和精神上的。当我们与上帝的关系正确时，它将有助于我们与自己并与他人的关系。
与上帝相和基本上就是与上帝和好。罪使我们与上帝为敌。事实上，它使我们与上帝隔离。罪破坏平安。然而，平安是可以恢复的，罪是可以获赦免的。保罗解释了这平安是如何实现的，“1 我们既因信称义，就藉着我们的主耶稣基督得与 神相和。2 我们又藉着他，因信得进入现在所站的这恩典中，并且欢欢喜喜盼望 神的荣耀。” 罗马书5:1-2。
个人内心平和 – 当上帝的平安驻留在您心中时，这是最美好的日常体验。这平安引导我们的心远离焦虑、困难和忧伤（腓立比书4:4-7）。当这平安深植在我们心中时，我们就能在任何情况下都感到满足，即使是在最困难的时候（腓立比书4:12-13）。尽管在百般的试炼中也是大有喜乐（彼得前书阿1:6）。上帝的平安每天都带来喜乐；主的喜乐给予我们力量，让我们即或在艰难的日子里也能继续前行。上帝的平安将使我们成圣，并帮助我们成长得更有基督的样式。
与他人相和 – 这意味着敌对行动和战争的结束。当我们恢复与耶稣的关系时，祂使我们能够与他人和平共处；祂也使我们能够彼此相爱和互相饶恕。祂的爱将使我们团结一致。这对于我们的家庭和教会都是至关重要的。保罗呼吁我们：“13 倘若这人与那人有嫌隙、总要彼此包容、彼此饶恕．主怎样饶恕了你们、你们也要怎样饶恕人。14 在这一切之外、要存着爱心．爱心就是联络全德的。15 又要叫基督的平安在你们心里作主．你们也为此蒙召、归为一体．且要存感谢的心。” 歌罗西书3:13-15。