Every Miss America hopeful since the contest began tells the world her goal in life is to see world peace. That phrase is an oxymoron, like congressional ethics, or freezer burn. The two are mutually exclusive.
Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.The key phrase in that verse is: “in me.”
Real, abiding peace is in Jesus Christ alone. Peace is one of the most desirable feelings, yet one of the most illusive today in our culture.
The world calls peace a weekend away from the kids, or a vacation on the beach, or a holiday from work. The world’s peace is temporary, and as soon as it arrives it’s gone.
Jesus teaches us that lasting peace is in Him. In several other passages of Scripture He encourages us how to enjoy peace in Him. When Jesus came into the midst of His disciples in the Upper Room after His resurrection He didn’t say, “Okay, let’s go for it. everything’s working. This is our time.” Instead Jesus said, “Peace be with you.”
For those disciples (and for us today) we can know that in the peace of Jesus we can enjoy a freedom beyond our anxiety, a confidence beyond our circumstances, and an assurance beyond our questions.
When storms rock our world we can choose to either have the peace of Jesus in and through our circumstances, or we can choose to be in bondage to our circumstances and fail to find the path to Jesus or His peace.
We need to understand true love — We can experience God’s love, from which flows His peace, when we accept our true identity in Christ. Only then can we understand that God loves us no matter where we came from or what we did or who we are. The love of Christ is eternal and, once we become children of God and enter His Kingdom, nothing we do or don’t do can ever change that.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39.
If we believe that, we will know the peace that Jesus brings.
This message was inspired by a message from Gearl Spicer, Senior Pastor One Heart Church, Norcross, Georgia.