Greetings precious people. In today’s article I would like to continue looking at prevalent issues facing our society. Today we will be looking at the subject of peace. Peace has a number of definitions in Webster’s Dictionary, freedom from or stopping a war; freedom from public disturbance; harmony; an undisturbed state of mind, absence of mental conflict, serenity in full.
As we consider our world today, we see anything but peace. There is the conflict in the Middle East, the threat of nuclear war breaking out at any moment between India and Pakistan, the economical collapse of countries like Argentina. These and many like them, have the potential for catastrophic effects worldwide.
Then there are the conflicts within our own society. The ongoing threat of further terrorist acts being committed against our country, the increase of family disturbances where not only is there arguing and yelling taking place, but acts of violence between family members, (as I write this article I’ve just learned of a man here in Alpine that has shot two men and two ladies in his home). Then there are the ever-increasing cases of child abduction. Children being forcibly taken from their own home by some evil, perverted individual. We are all too aware of the case of Danielle Van Dam, but there is also the case of the two girls to the north of us and more recent a precious 14 year old in Utah by the name of Elizabeth Smart.
All of these things and others contribute to a lack of any kind of peace of mind. How can anyone have peace of mind with all of these things happening? There are more people taking anti-depressant drugs than ever before.
We are living in an ever-increasing wicked world where that which is good is called evil and that which is evil is called good. There is an absence of any resemblance of peace today in our society, our world. Jesus said in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Tragically the people of this world are looking for peace everywhere except the only place that it can be found, and that is in Jesus Christ the Lord.
Over the past forty years, our society has done all that they could to get Jesus Christ, His Word the Bible, and prayer out of the schools and workplace. When the events of 911 occurred, many were quick to encourage that prayer be brought back, and it was, for a time. The first few Sundays following 911 churches were full, but after a few weeks have returned to normal. Sad to say that, ‘normal’ is what got us into the state that we find ourselves in today.
Peace, true peace cannot be found in peace summits, peace treaties, Green Peace, bars on your doors and windows and security systems, Prozac, or any other means. True peace can only come through Jesus Christ the Lord. He is known as the Prince of Peace, Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." When Jesus was born, a great multitude of angels proclaimed in Luke 2:14, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Jesus Christ came into the world to bring mankind full and complete peace. First He came to bring peace with God. Sin places us at war with God. It separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2, "Your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you." Sin puts at enmity with God. In James 4:4, "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." Colossians 1:21, "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works."
Through Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross, He put away the enmity between man and God. We are told in Ephesians 2:14-18, "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation (sin), having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father." When a person repents of sin and turns to Jesus Christ in faith, that work which Jesus did upon the cross is appropriated to them. Thus giving peace with God. Romans 5:1, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Once a person has peace with God, he/she can now have the peace of God. You may have seen this saying before, "NO JESUS, NO PEACE. KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE." How true this is. You will never know the peace of God without knowing Jesus Christ. Look at what Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." You will never find peace in this world. It has no lasting peace to offer. The peace of God, is not the absence of wars, trials, and difficulties, rather it is having peace (quietness of soul and mind) in the midst of all of these.
Listen to the Words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Precious people, do you have the peace of God? Do you have peace with God? God wants His peace to be ruling in your heart instead of fear and anxiety. Colossians 3:15, "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." Turn to Jesus Christ today; experience His peace in a world without peace. Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine