Manna in the Morning

April 7, 2009

Manna in the Morning

04-08-09

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”

            In the days before Jesus’ arrest, He spent many hours teaching and informing His disciples of what was to come, how God the Father would give all of them wisdom in order to get through the next few days when it would seem so grim and dark.  One of God’s greatest gifts is the peace that floods our hearts.  I can think of at least three ways God’s peace affects us.  First, we are at peace with God, our sins have been forgiven and there is no hindrance or block between our souls and our Heavenly Father.  Second, we have been filled with the peace of God.  The bumper sticker we sometimes see, Know Jesus – know peace.  No Jesus, no peace are four simple words that proclaim a very profound message, it is in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, that our souls rest and are content.  Third; we can have a calm spirit, a quiet heart and a tranquil, composed manner of life in the midst of turmoil and trial, When we know Jesus, we are at peace, without Him, we have a chaotic existence. 

            This message was specifically for the twelve who were about to lose their Shepherd, who couldn’t understand the importance of His sacrifice, the reason for which He came to this earth.  We need that important lesson today fully as much as the twelve men in Judea.  We are living in an age when the world seems poised on the brink of conflict, where scores of skirmishes occur across the world daily, where anti-Christian groups and people attack our Bible, our manner of life and our brothers and sisters in parts of the world that are in danger of losing their lives for their proclamation of the Gospel message.

            This coming Lord’s Day is a statement of our belief in the Resurrection and the New Life we have in Christ Jesus.  Our Heavenly Father, make us fully aware of the peace that overshadows our lives, that peace that comes directly from your throne.  In Jesus’ name we pray.

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