True peace or absence of war?
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
John 14: 27 (TLB)
The prophet Jeremiah spoke to a people in captivity and told them of the deliverance that would come to them seventy years later (Jeremiah 29:10). However, the freedom they so desperately sought was to be loosed from the oppression of the Babylonians. In a war-torn world, to live in an independent state, have autonomy over our laws and be ready to defend ourselves against any aggressor, may seem to be the best we can hope for.
However, knowing we are loved more than we can even comprehend; knowing our eternal state is secure; and knowing we have the greatest being in the universe on our side brings a reassurance that simply living in a democracy, and not in a state of war, cannot bring.
The Bible speaks of how God ‘…made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…’ (Ephesians 2:5-6 NIV). This means that no matter what we’re going through, we can experience peace in a way that those who do not know Jesus cannot.
This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. One thing that is celebrated during this time is the return of Jesus. We look forward to a time when God “…‘will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NIV). Looking forward to that time, we can join with the writer of Revelation and cry, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’ (Revelation 22:20 NIV).
Father, in a world ravaged by war, hopelessness and despair, we thank you that we can be at peace through the saving work of Jesus. We pray for him to return soon so that the whole world can experience true peace and happiness in your presence forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Anthony Dady
About the writer:
Anthony Dady is a Minister in Grace Communion International and is the Regional Pastor for Wales, the Midlands, and Northern England.
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