Summary: How wonderful it is to have peace with God. This peace can be given to us through Jesus Christ our Lord. The peace that Jesus gives is not temporary, but eternal. Let us learn more about peace which comes from Jesus.
Introduction: After telling the disciples the devastating news that He would be leaving them soon, Jesus now tells the disciples that they should rejoice, not be so upset for one day He will return.
As we will learn from this passage, Jesus gives lasting peace, eternal peace, not the temporal peace given by the world.
Let us examine the peace that only Jesus can give and learn how peace is a part of His character.
What about the peace that Jesus can give?
1. He can give Everlasting Peace (vs. 27-29).
A. Jesus told the disciples that He was going away, but that He would one day return and receive them unto Himself (John 1:1-3).
B. Now Jesus tells the disciples that rather than being upset they should be at peace, and that if they would believe in Him and what He has told them about leaving and returning, they would rejoice rather than be upset (vs. 27-28).
C. As Jesus told the disciples about His promise being true in verse 2, He once again told them to trust in what He was telling them, so that when it comes to pass, their faith would be made stronger (vs. 29).
2. He can speak the word of Peace (Mark 4:35-39).
A. Jesus had just shared parables concerning the Kingdom of God, and He and the disciples had now entered into a boat and were crossing to the other side (vs. 35-36).
B. While Jesus slept, there arose a great storm, the wind was fierce, the waves were large and beat against the ship, and the disciples were afraid that the ship would soon sink. Out of desperation the disciples came to Jesus and woke Him up expressing to Him their fear about perishing in the storm, and they even questioned if He cared for their lives or not (vs. 37-38).
C. Jesus then rose up and after looking around, He rebuked the wind and the sea, with a statement, "Peace, be still." Amazingly the wind stopped blowing and the waves calmed down (vs. 39). Jesus can give peace, but He also can speak and there was peace.
3. He can bring Peace to a world of Turmoil (Luke 2:8-14).
A. At the time of Jesus' birth, there were shepherds out in the country fields watching over their flocks during the night (vs. 8).
B. Suddenly the angel of the Lord, and the glory of the Lord was brightly seen around them, and they were very afraid (vs. 9).
C. The angel said to the shepherds to not be afraid, for they were to receive a wonderful announcement, and this announcement would bring great joy to all the people (vs. 10).
D. The announcement was the birth of the Messiah, the Savior of the world, Who was born in the City of David or Bethlehem (vs. 11).
E. So they would know which child was the Messiah, they were given a sign and that sign was that they would find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, and He would be lying in a manger (vs. 12).
F. Suddenly, more angels appeared until they had a host of angels which were praising God and they had another great announcement to deliver, and this announcement was through the child being born in Bethlehem, God would be glorified, and the earth would receive peace, like it had never known before Him. His peace would bring good will toward all mankind. Of course, they were speaking of the peace with God that only Jesus can provide as He made His sin sacrifice for mankind (vs. 13-14).