Day 174 – Unshakeable Peace
On: April 23, 2015 | By: admin
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“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53
These words of Jesus blow out of the water any wishy washy view that Jesus was a good man who delivered great teaching … but no more. Here we are confronted by what Hollywood would dub a “hell raiser”. Except, of course, that He is the exact opposite. He doesn’t raise hell; He defeated hell to bring to all the offer of forgiveness and eternal life. And peace: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
So why does Jesus say He did not come to bring peace? Because some respond to his offer of new life, whereas others reject it. And there will inevitably be a level of pain and discord between these opposite responses and the resultant world views. Particularly where family ties mean you can’t just walk away and leave them to it.
And then, just as Jesus had to negotiate the trials of Gethsemane and the cross, if we take up our cross and follow Him, we too will have times when our peace is shaken to the core. A quick scan through the appearances of the word “peace” in the New Testament shows that it is very much an active entity, not something we have or don’t have. It is something to be claimed, offered, sought after, received, earned.
If we are to stand, we must be prepared for life’s challenges by developing a close relationship with our Father, with Whom we can share our troubles and gain strength to face each day, secure in the knowledge that Jesus has won the victory. You and I just need to keep on going until the final whistle – then we will share in that victory. If we can be confident in this, we shall know an inner, unshakeable peace that no earthly division will break.
Father God, I wonder what baptism lies ahead for me. Please grant me the commitment, confidence and courage to go where you lead me that Your Kingdom may continue to grow until that glorious day when Jesus returns. Amen