This scripture sounds so peaceful, and serene, but watch the news today or listen to the news broadcasts and you may find it hard to be at peace. According to news reports, there is trouble everywhere and it is difficult not to let that impression invade your life and ruin any chance for peace you have. I know people who are very anxious and worried about the future. But Christ brings us a different report. His words spoken through our scripture today are not about an unencumbered lifestyle in nirvana, removed from any care or contact with “real” life. In fact, the circumstances about to be encountered by those he is speaking to were headed in the direction of persecution because of their relationship with him. These words are about peace beyond that which man can give or take away. They are words of reality in a world created by God unstained by man. Jesus’ birth, His life, His death and resurrection has made our future a reality of God’s grace. Not the product of man’s anxieties. It is His gift to those who will believe that we have a secured future. Not just a better tomorrow, but an everlasting and eternal future of hope. Jesus is the realization of that promise made in Jeremiah 29:11-13
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Because Jesus lives we can live. Because He loves, we can love. Because He forgives, we can be forgiven. Because Christ conquered, we can be free of bondage. Because He suffered we have the promise of healing from our suffering. Hatred, anger, strife, fear and anxiety can be removed from our living because He first loved us. So, “Let not your heart be troubled” we have peace because he is The Prince of Peace!
Keep the Faith,