Daily Spirit & Word, 499: Jesus Gives A New Peace.
40 Days With Jesus: Day 15: Jesus Gives A New Peace.
Good morning my friends, as we begin the third week of 40 Days With Jesus, we’re considering His appearing to the Disciples when they are all gathered together in a locked room frightened about what the Jews would do to them. You know my friends, as you walk with Jesus and continue in the faith there will be times when you experience these sudden and unexpected moments when you know that Jesus is specially present. He promised that whenever we’re gathered in His name, He’ll come. Matthew 18:20.
Many shared at last night’s meeting about their struggles to continue, they tried living the Christian life and being a Christian, but they either forgot or didn’t quite understand that the Christian life in not about our labouring or our effort to be a Christian, but of surrender and acceptance and being filled and equipped. Once we know the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we’ll realise that being a Christian is effortless on our part, because He’s taken complete control. We’re not called to walk by might, nor by power by by the Spirit. Here’s a wonderful verse from the Old Testament that conveys this awesome truth, let it soak into your heart today;
Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
During this third week, we’ll see that truth explained and applied to our lives, it’s when we know the Lord Jesus and receive all His blessings and promises that we’re going to run the race of faith in His fantastic supernatural power.
The Third Week’s Bible Reading: John 20:19-31. Jesus Appears in their Midst.
John 20:19-31 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
When we meet Jesus, He gives ‘A New Peace’.
As stated earlier, Jesus comes when we gather in His name. I don’t know if you’ve experienced this yet or not, but wheter we perceive it or not that’s Jesus promise. Of course we can’t see Him physically, that’s because, apart from the 40 days after the resurrection when Jesus ascended into Heaven, and since the first Pentecost, people get to know about Jesus by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one who revealed Jesus to us, He leads us to faith and trust in Jesus and then indwells every single believer, but there’s an even greater witness when we’re gathered. I believe the Lord has done this on purpose, because He never indended us to be Lone-Ranger Christians. When He called us, He called us into a family, we’ve got brothers and sisters in the faith, like any family, we’ve got family obligations: To LOVE one another and that’s how Jesus has chosen to reveal to the world that we truly belong to Him, if we love each other.
Notice first How the Disciples were Gathered:
They were all together, locked in a room for fear of the Jews. It was fear in their hearts. Fear for their own lives. They must have been thinking, “If they can kill Jesus, who never did anything wrong and who only ever did good things to and for people, surely we’re doomed”
It’s a bit like Private Frazer in Dad’s Army on TV, his favourite saying is, “We’re Doomed Captain Manwarring”.
- Private James Frazer(John Laurie), a dour Scottish undertaker and a former Chief Petty Officer on HMS Defiant in theRoyal Navy. He served at the Battle of Jutland as a ship’s cook and also has a medal for having served onShackleton‘s Antarctic expedition.
He’d been through a lot in life, so perhaps he had good reason to come up with that catchphrase, “We’re Doomed”. So the Disciples are locked in, in fear for their lives, when suddenly Jesus appears in their midst.
Oh WOW! Some of them had heard from the others that Jesus tomb was empty, Mary said she’d seen Him and spoken with Him, now these two Disciples claim they met Jesus on the Road to Emmaus and tonight, that same evening, Suddenly Jesus APPEARS IN THEIR MIDST. My friends, I don’t know about you, but that appearing is awesome. His first words to them “PEACE BE WITH YOU”.
Jesus knew what they were going through, He saw their terror and fear and He comes to them and meets their deepest need at that moment. They may have had other needs, hunger, thirst, healing from various aches and pains, but Jesus meets their deepest need and it was for “PEACE”.
When you come to Jesus or when He shows up in your worship services, fellowship groups, house study groups, and fellowship prayer meetings, that’s what Jesus does, He comes to give His PEACE. It’s a new kind of peace. His peace in not like the PEACE that the world can give us. Yes my friends, in this world their is pleasure, joy and peace, but it’s nothing like the Heavenly PEACE that the Lord Jesus can and will give to every true follower. It’s not something we have to work at to get either, it’s not by works of righteousness, it’s Jesus Himself who just give us, by His grace, this PEACE from Heaven.
Jesus had appeared, He didn’t open the door like normal people and let himself in, He just miraculously appeared. That’s the definition of a miracle, it happens beyond the realms of Scientific possibility. I.e. The laws of Physics say, you can’t walk through a solid door, but Jesus did. You can’t just pop out of a wrapped up sheet (grave clothes), but Jesus did. You can’t walk on water, but Jesus and Peter did. You can’t raise the dead, but Jesus did. You can’t heal a blind person, but Jesus did. You see my friends, Jesus resurrected body is totally awesome. he can appear and disappear and yet be touched and known. He’s real, He’s alive, but He’s different. He who does these amazing things, wants to give you REAL PEACE today.
What is this PEACE that Jesus Gives?
In our reading Jesus gives them this blessing of PEACE (Shalom). The full meaning of God’s PEACE is not like the world’s understanding of peace. When we think of peace with think of tranquility or stillness and lack of strife. However, the PEACE of God is far more than that. When Jesus died upon the Cross, He won for us a peace that the world and all our efforts to attain it couldn’t and can’t give us. Jesus death and resurrection proves that God was satisfied with what He did and now the longed for PEACE with God can be had by everyone who trusts in Christ. When you trust Christ as Lord, you get this awesome PEACE within.
Notice that when Jesus came into that room He didn’t criticise the disciples for their failure, for their running away at His greatest moment of need. Jesus know us better than we know ourselves and when you come to Him in faith, He’ll not criticise you for your failures and weaknesses either, because all Jesus wants to give you is a deep PEACE within. Human beings look for peace, there’s a restlessness in every single one of us that cannot be satisfied until we find our peace with God. We do try and satisfy it though, with material wealth, with relationship and love and sex and things, but nothing can give us this peace that’s the kind of PEACE that only knowing Jesus can give. It’s more than tranquility, it’s more than not being anxious or perplexed, it’s an eternal peace with God.
In Romans 5:1-8 Paul reminds us about this PEACE that Jesus will give to every follower today:
Romans 5:1-8 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We are justified by our faith and trust in Jesus and then we have peace (or experience peace) with God, through our LORD Jesus Christ. WOWzer!
My friends, have you got that PEACE in your life today?
Once we know this ETERNAL PEACE with God, we also get the INTERNAL PEACE that we are all craving for. There’s more, once we get eternal and internal peace, we’ll also leak peace out into the world. It will come our from inside us to those around about us. They’ll sence the PEACE of God in us, even non-believers will notice this strange phenomenon, this peace that’s almost tangible and touchable, Jesus PEACE is not something that can be manufactured or worked for, we cannot earn it, it’s by grace that we receive it and reveal it to the world.
Be blessed with the PEACE of God today.
Points to Ponder:
- In your experience, how do people imagine they’ll find peace?
- What does it mean for you to be a peace with God? How will that affect the way you live today?
- Becoming a Christian means knowing God as Father. How does our new status as children of God help bring peace into our lives?
- Imagine someone who truly was at peace with God. What do you think would strike you about the way they talked and behaved?
- How well do you manifest this PEACE to those around about you today?
Dear Lord Jesus Christ. You are the Prince of Peace. I thank You for paying for my sins on the Cross so that I can have this eternal peace with God the Father. Lord, it is life’s biggest privilege to know You as Lord and Saviour. Knowing that when you see me, You don’t see my failures and sins, you see me whole, forgiven, cleansed and renewed, I receive this wonderful truth again by faith. Holy Spirit, continue to remind me of this when circumstances around me try to steal my peace and when people around me are living in anxiety. You are my Rock, My fortress, Me Deliverer, in Whom I take refuge (Psalm 18:2). Lord, please fill me afresh with your Heavenly PEACE so that I can bring that peace to those around me. In Jesus wonderful Name. Amen.
Jesus Gives A New Peace: Day 15 of 40 Days With Jesus.