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Peace

by Erik Momsen

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”  “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes.  The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.  They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:38-44)

The disciples sing songs of God's victory but the religious reject Jesus, the presence of God.  Jesus immediately sees the state of Jerusalem, the “City of Peace” and weeps over it because it knows no peace.  Her peace is hidden from her eyes.  Jesus then gives the reason for her “strife”.  Jerusalem did not recognize God's visitation.  Jerusalem did not recognize her God-King Jesus.

Fear, anger, depression and all forms of human emotional and spiritual anguish are at all time highs.  Humanity tries to heal itself through medication, counseling, self-help course and escapism.  Peace even among Christians is very elusive but this has been true for most of humanity's history.

We have no peace about ourselves, our work, our abodes, our family and friends.  There is a very deep dissatisfaction over almost everything around us.  Just contrast this with the celebration of those first disciples as they entered Jerusalem.  Granted they were naive as to what was happening, but they were celebrating the Coming King.

Some of the reason for the failure to find peace is that we look to externals and not the human heart.  We are at war with ourselves, other and God and we try to change externals instead of going on an inner journey.

GUIDELINES FOR PEACE


1) The disciples were praising and celebrating.

2) Thanksgiving is an antidote to fear, envy, anger ...
     “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

3) Peace is a gift of God.
    “While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."  Luke 24:36
    “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
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,..." (Galatians 5:22)

4) The truth of the will of God brings peace.
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."  (John 16:33)

5) You do have to fight for peace - a spiritual battle.
   “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
  (Hebrews 12:11)

6) Peace comes mainly because of the death of Jesus.
   “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14)


Believers suffer under the same burden of restlessness and anxiety as the rest of humanity.  The difference is that we have had our battle fought for us but we continue as if Jesus did not win.  We fight in our own strength.
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”  (Psalm 4:8)

Date Added: 2012-09-02

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