Summary: Jesus says the world will treat His followers just like it treated him. But He says that we can have peace in the midst of the persecution. Sadly, we don't see peace operating in the lives of most Christians. Why not?
If you spend any length of time listening to or reading what the media (conservative and liberal) are saying about politics, which is most often focused on President Trump, and social issues like racism, the anthem protests, BLM, the Alt-right, etc., you might believe our country is teetering on the brink of a major cultural war.
If you’re beginning to feel that way, you are responding to these events just as Satan, the enemy of the soul, hoped you would. You see, he wants us to live our lives in the fear and belief that the events we’re seeing in our country today are like out of control locomotives headed toward certain destruction.
Is this true? It could be true.
But my question to you, child of God, is should what we see and hear determine whether or not we get a good night’s sleep?
Should what we see and hear determine whether or not we leave our homes without fear?
Should what we see and hear determine how we interact with people?
Should what we see and hear change how we live our lives on a daily basis?
I can’t speak for you but for me the answers are a resounding “No”!
And it should be the same for you too – if you know Jesus like you claim you do. Okay, I’m starting to step on toes already. But that’s okay. We are either going to be a Christian and act like it or we are going to live a lie. Which one is it for you?
Again, Satan wants us to be emotionally involved in what we’re reading and what we’re seeing.
Some of us, ladies and gentlemen, need to change our reading and viewing habits.
Some of us need to turn off the television.
Some of us need to turn off the computers.
Instead, we need to “turn our eyes upon Jesus!” We need to start purposefully looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Why? Because Satan wants us to forget that Jesus has promised us a peace that is not us this world.
Look at John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you, my peace give I unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Jesus says that the peace He has given to us is a peace that’s foreign to the world’s view of peace. When most people talk about peace, they’re referring to having “peace and quiet” – not just “peace” but “peace and quiet” in their lives. There is nothing going on that is attacking their emotions. There is nothing going on that’s getting them out of sorts. Life is good. Things are running smoothly.
But that is not the peace Jesus is talking about.
Jesus is talking about a peace that is immune to attacks on the emotions.
Jesus is talking about a peace that is not governed by circumstances.
Jesus is talking about a peace not of this world.
Jesus, ladies and gentlemen, is talking about a supernatural peace that is not available outside the kingdom of God. Do you hear me?
Jesus is talking about a peace that is available to “aliens” – beings who are not of this world! That is you, ladies and gentlemen. That is me! We are now residents of the kingdom of God, not of the earth! We are aliens in an earth suits! Let that sink in!
Hey, Jesus was an alien in an earth suit too! And we see the things that He did in His suit. He raised the dead. He gave sight to the blind. He gave the lame new legs.
But here’s one thing we sometimes forget when talking about Jesus: Jesus walked in an unearthly type of peace. Think about it. After praying and confirming God’s will in the garden of Gethsemane He allows Himself to be captured, beaten relentless, questioned, beaten relentless again and then crucified.
Now I ask you, do you believe Jesus could have, would have, endured all of this without walking in a place of peace that knew all of this had to happen in order to fulfill the Father’s will and give us a shot at eternal life? Do you?
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.” What was the joy that Jesus could see? What was the joy that Jesus determined made all of the suffering worth it? What was the joy? The joy, ladies and gentlemen, was not a “what”.
The joy was a “who”! We are the joy! Listen to me: Jesus endured the things He did because He said you were worth it! He said you were worth it! How can tears not be welling up inside of you right now? You are the joy He saw. I am the joy He saw. Oh my God! Thank you Jesus!