The Price of Peace - 6/11/2023
Last week we talked about the new covenant that was established through Jesus by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, replacing our heart of stone with a heart of flesh (Ez. 36:26), enabling us to walk in His commandments (Ez.36:27). The Old Testament promises speak of God doing miracles inside His people. And the people who experienced those inner changes would greatly expand God's kingdom (Ac 1:7-8; Isa 54:1-3). Today, Jesus tells His disciples that He is leaving them with His peace, so they do not have to be troubled of heart or be afraid. This is quite a statement for Him to make, considering that the next 24 hours will surely be the most violent, troubling, and fearful nights of their lives. Yet, Jesus says that His peace is theirs. Jesus is our peace. Through His sinless life, He has restored peace to those who believe, and just as Jesus said, we do not have to live a life of fear. The price of peace is found in the Prince of Peace. Let's read the passage.