Summary: What is this peace Christ gives to His disciples? Is it a peace that is sought through pleasure, satisfaction, contentment, absence of trouble, positive thinking, or denial of problems?
PEACE CHRIST GIVE TO US
Good News Christian Fellowship
BUCAS, Daraga, Albay
January 20, 2007
A. Every men of this world seek for lasting peace.
B. Nations of the world tried to bring peace in the trouble areas.
C. There is the peace of escapism, of avoiding trouble, of refusing to face things, of unreality.
D. There’s a philosophy of “Life is a ball – enjoy yourself!”
E. The peace which Christ gives to His children is not the peace the world offered.
F. What is this peace Christ gives to His disciples? Is it a peace that is sought through pleasure, satisfaction, contentment, absence of trouble, positive thinking, or denial of problems?
Disciples’ series of questions and request:
“Lord where are you going”?
“Lord, why I can’t follow you”?
“Lord we don’t where you are going”?
“How can we know the way”?
“Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied”
The words of the text shows how trouble the disciples are. Remember, Jesus Christ is about to be arrested. The disciples were perplexed because they did comprehend at first what He was saying. The disciples were filled with sorrow and heaviness. Jesus Christ have to comfort them. He told them that He will go to prepare a place for them in heaven; another Comforter to be with them forever. Then, Christ say, “. “Peace I leave with you.”
What is this Peace?
First, take not in verse 27a: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Two things we will notice here:
a. “my peace” – it signifies it was his own, that which he had to give to His disciples. This is the peace of God himself and which points to God as the source of peace (Luke 7:50; Philippians 4”4-7).
b. “..I give with you.”-. It is the peace from God, which God gives to dwell in the heart of the believer (Ro. 1:7; ICor.1:3)
I. Peace of Reconciliation – Let’s read Ephesians 2:11 -16
Notice brothers and sisters that before we been born-again, we are separated from Christ. We are separated; excluded; strangers and without hope. We are without Christ, without a home, without the covenants, without God.
But praise Him, the Lord tore down the obstacle that blocked the unbelievers from reaching Christ. Christ removed forever that separated us from God. Now we have access to the throne of Grace and Mercy.
“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with god through our Lord Jesus Christ. through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)
Christ redeemed us through His death; sins have been fully paid. By His blood Christ made possible remission of sins and reconciliation with God. We are now at peace with God. Peace is always born out of reconciliation. Its source is found only in the reconciliation wrought by Jesus Christ.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For He himself our peace… (Eph.2:13-14)
Christ brings us near to God. He brings peace by delivering us from the bondage of sin and death and a life of eternity with God. He also brings us peace by giving us the daily power to overcome the terrible weight of anguish, loneliness, guilt, emptiness and fear.
II Peace of Assurance
Because of God’s full acceptance, to the adoption of children, and to the eternal fruits of his fatherly kindness, we are brought into the peace of unquestionable confidence. We
are brought into a state of freedom from condemnation, and all the curses of the law of God. This is the peace with sure knowledge that our life is in hands of God.
“There is therefore now no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
A person who is in Christ is safe and secure from condemnation of sin, he is not judged as sinner, but is counted to be righteous.
This means that death, the eternal death has no more claims against us. We read in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “O death, where is thy sting?” So, we don’t have to be afraid of it. If God is for us, who will be against us? (Rom. 8:31)
We have reason to be at rest in an assurance, that nothing can separate us from the love of God, Rom. 8:38, 39.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me, and this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose nothing of all that he has given me, but to raise it up at the last day.” (John 6:38-40)