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Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)
TITLE: Peace Bequeathed
By Talittha Cornerstone
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Jesus gave a long sermon on how we should not worry about the future in His sermon on the mount (Matt 6:25-34 NKJV) because He really wanted us to rest in the assurance that our Father will provide. Our Lord knew that peace is stolen from man because of sin. It was in the garden of Eden that Adam forfeited his peace with God and His provision. The bible says that because of the first man all become sinners, but by the last man Jesus all are justified. Jesus paid dearly for this rest we have in Him and He qualified us for GodĎs blessings when He made us children of God. Jesusí yoke and burden in the new covenant established on His blood are easy and light (Matt 11:27-30).
Previously in the old covenant the yoke was heavy. The Hebrewsí acceptance before God and His provision, favour, healing etc., were dependent on their obedience to His law. The high priest who represented the people enters the inner court of the tabernacle annually to sprinkle the blood from animal sacrifices for the atonement of sins. Godís wrath would otherwise come upon His people because it was impossible to fulfil all the laws. Today, believers are justified before God by faith in Jesus as our High priest and Godís Holy Lamb sacrifice for our redemption. The forgiveness of sins is the believerís true rest and peace because God is no longer angry with us. His miracles to deliver, provide, bless our families, protect us completely from calamities and war, heal all our diseases and pains are because of Jesusí blood.
The Bible prophesises the surmounting tumults in the end times. From terrorism, nuclear wars, hurricanes, tidal waves etc., to plane and automobile accidents and other catastrophes, we need Godís protection. John 10:10 says that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. However, Jesusí blood sanctifies us and sets us apart from the unbelieving world to protect us. Just before the Exodus, the children of Israel ate the roasted lamb on the first Passover and they applied the lambís blood on their door post. God gave this instruction through Moses because He wanted their first born saved. In the same way, the angel of death has to bypass Godís children because we believe the blood of Jesus saves. We have peace in this world not because calamities or tribulations have come to an end. Rather, in spite of them and despite the enemyís efforts to destroy the world and its people, we are peaceful knowing that God judicially saves and protects us in Christ.
Jesus is our refuge and we are hidden under His wings (Psalms 91). The account of how Jesus rebuked the storm (Luke 8:24) and commanded it to be still shows us that the rough waters were not from God. The storm stole from the disciples their peace. Yet, we can be encouraged because Jesus protects His own. Romans 8:35 tells us peril, famine and tribulation cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ. When our resurrected Saviour first appeared to His disciples, He said; ďDo not be afraid.Ē
Since faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen, we must know the author and finisher of our faith. A Christianís peace in the midst of lifeís stormy waters is a beautiful testimony of salvation. The peace our Hebrew Saviour offers is Shalom and we are the beneficiaries and ambassadors of Shalom. To be precise, Shalom is safety, happiness, well being, health, prosperity and peace. In short, Shalom means all things will go well. The richness of Hebrew to expound Godís purpose to bless is something believers can appreciate. After all, this is the peace bequeathed to us (John 14:27).
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