Today as I watched the news for just a few moments and scanned some of my social media feeds, the contrast of the information bled against my earlier Bible reading of the day. Suicide bombing, judicial conflicts, and moral outrages splash confusion and opinions all over the media.
The world seeks peace and yet there is no peace.
In John 15 &16, Jesus continues his teaching to the disciples regarding God’s purpose and plan for his life on earth. He projects his future and they are confused. But by the end of chapter 16, they have caught on. Jesus is returning to the Father- they get that. And when their minds begin to capture that Jesus is not going to be with them forever, he explains the time of His departure is getting closer. His desire is to forewarn them and comfort them. So he explains what will happen as his enemies plot to take him captive.
Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
Jesus felt comfort in the Father’s plan, though he knew the plan would require his suffering for us.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
The disciples were confused, but Jesus was preparing them for the future. Just as the disciples tried to sort through Jesus’ words, we search for peace today.
But where to find peace is illusive because of what we think we are searching for.
Peace is not a place that can be Googled or discovered by Siri.
Peace is in the person of Jesus Christ.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Jesus explained to the disciples then and his words still stand true now-
trouble will come to us. But…
this is the glorious part of Easter week! Did you catch that last phrase?
Jesus overcame the world!
The miraculous resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is outlined in John 20, with Mary as the first witness to see Jesus living again. At the appearance of Jesus in the middle of the disciples, his first words to them:
Peace be with you.
Perhaps you are searching for peace in all the wrong places.
Perhaps your search for a place needs to end…
And your search for The Person of Christ begins.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13