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
Even with the guidance of the Law of God the world was still in chaos. Mankind had tried to live by righteous standards, but it was like he was trapped in a web of despair powered by his own ineptness. Once mankind listened to the deceptive seduction of the desire to become god something happened in his nature that changed him. He no longer enjoyed casual conversations with the creator in the cool of the day. In fact, he hid himself from God and began to feel that he was in competition with him to determine who was going to be lord of his life – God or himself.
Jesus was born into that world. It was a world of Chaos, religious hard liners, and emperors declaring themselves to be deity. In all of this, man still had an inner loneliness and was plagued by unrest; man did not know peace.
Seven hundred years before his birth Isaiah prophesied that a child would be born who would be called the Prince of Peace. Jesus was that child. It is interesting though that when the Prince of Peace came he declared that he had not come to bring peace but a sword and those who followed him would be persecuted, attacked and hated by the rest of the world.
How was he to become the Prince of Peace while speaking such rhetoric? When Jesus spoke of such things he was speaking to the religious bigots who would not listen, neither could they understand. They had been under the spell of religion for so long that they did not recognize who was speaking.
To those who would follow him he declared, “My peace I give you.” His peace is not filled with the seductive promises the world uses to deceive us into surrender to the base desires – His peace is genuine, lasting and based upon God’s law.
Prayer: Lord, I hear the voice of this world and it’s pleasures calling to my flesh, and I ask for the grace to walk faithful to you and be content with the peace of Christ. In Jesus Name, amen.
Principle: His peace is not filled with the seductive promises the world uses to deceive us into surrender to the base desires – His peace is genuine, lasting and based upon God’s law
Affirmation: I have not succumbed to the seductive promises of the world, but I have his lasting peace.
Reflection: What was the event that changed the nature of man and how does that changed nature affect us today?
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