May 20, 2001
"The Peace of Jesus"
week "love"… this week - "peace" - the peace of Christ.
Like love, peace is a word that can be misunderstood, misused, and
misapplied. This morning, let's see if we can get some sort of handle on a word
The peace of Christ is not as the world gives
In the collect for peace we pray that we might
receive that peace,
The world's definition of
peace is different by definition. The world is uncompromising, with respect to
peace. According to the world's standard peace is uncompromising - there are
winners and there are losers and to the victors go the spoils - with the power
to determine the conditions and the terms of peace.
Consequently, the world's
definition of peace comes with a price
Jesus gives real and everlasting peace.
Peace because the "evil three" are now
history! In this season of Easter we affirm that our archenemies; the devil,
death and sin have all been defeated. They no longer can take hold of us. They
have no more power.
said to Cain; “Sin is crouching at the door, its desire is for you and you
must master it” (Genesis 4:7) Cain’s problem was that he could not master
sin. Someone stronger, and more powerful then his inclination to sin had to
master him. Jesus has become that
One who not only has “mastered sin” for us but He has taken away it’s
sting and power.
Peace is now ours because God is "at
peace". God is at peace
because sin has been atoned for. “There is now therefore no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus” St. Paul reminds us. Sin no longer has its punch or power. Death can no longer
destroy us. The Devil’s claws have been removed. He can no longer destroy us.
He has no more mastery over us.
Although absent, Jesus is still present to
give us His lasting peace.
In His Word; spoken, heard, read. Forgiveness comes
to us every single time the word of Christ, namely the Gospel, comes to us in
its healing effect for cleansing and life. Stay connected to God’s most holy
Word. Not only will it give you peace, it will give you the assurance that
God’s purpose and providence for your life will be fulfilled.
In the Sacraments; which are tokens of God's
promises. Where do we find forgiveness? At Calvary? No! - That’s the place
where salvation was worked out. Forgiveness, life, peace is offered in Baptism,
in the Supper, in the words that we hear Sunday after Sunday "in Jesus
Christ you are forgiven”!
CONCLUSION: Jesus said: “Peace I leave thee, My
peace I give thee. not as the world gives it…” Yes, Jesus does it better
then the world. He gives us peace that lasts. Today may you know that the peace
of God, which surpasses all human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus until life everlasting! Amen, yes, and amen!
Soli Deo Gloria +