Sunday, April 28, 2019

Finding Peace in Jesus Christ

Finding Peace in Jesus Christ


Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace! The prophet Isaiah foretold of Jesus’ coming and His gift of peace more than 400 years before Jesus was born!

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Jesus desires for us to have perfect peace in and through Him.

  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Read more of Jesus’ Words about His peace as found in Chapter 14 of the Gospel of John. Those who have surrendered all that they are to Jesus can experience His peace by knowing, understanding, believing, applying and focusing on these truths.

  • John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
    • Jesus is coming back for those who follow Him.
  • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
    • Jesus is the only way to reconciliation with Father God.
  • John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
    • Father God has been revealed through Jesus Christ.
  • John 14:13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    • When we pray in the authority and power of Jesus’ name, and within the will of Father God, our prayers will be answered.
      • See John 15:7, 1 John 5:14-15 for additional context about praying in God’s will.
  • John 14:15-16 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
    • Jesus promises the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit for His disciples.
  • John 14:19-20 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
    • Jesus promises His followers eternal life and the indwelling presence of Father God.


Peace is a central theme in the Bible. As followers of Jesus, His peace is a key element of our lives.

  • Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
    • We have peace with Father God – He has adopted us as His children because of our faith in Jesus!
  • Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
    • We have peace within ourselves – Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we know that all our sins have been forgiven.
  • Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
    • We should seek peace with all people – As ambassadors for Jesus, we are to represent and demonstrate the love He has for all people.


Seek truth in God’s Holy Word about real and lasting peace.
Learn more about the peace found only in the Prince of Peace!


Prayer

Father in heaven, thank You so much for Your love for us. Thank You for teaching us about the peace we can find in Jesus Christ. Please use Your Holy Spirit to help Christians experience this peace daily. Please draw those who have not surrendered to Jesus as Lord and Savior to believe and receive the wonderful gift of eternal life and genuine peace. I pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Having Not Seen

Having Not Seen


I believe that a man named Jesus Christ was sent from Father God to live on the earth about 2000 years ago. I believe that he was conceived and born of a virgin by a divine work of the Holy Spirit of God. I believe that He was fully human. I believe that He was fully God (God in the flesh/the Son of God). I believe that He performed countless miracles during His life. I believe he never sinned. I believe that the Jewish leaders convinced the Roman and other authorities in Palestine to kill Him. I believe that Jesus died a on a cross to pay the debt for my sin. I believe He rose from the dead three days after He died. I believe that He spent time with many of His disciples after He rose from the dead. I believe that, before He ascended into heaven, He commissioned His followers to share the truth about Him with the entire world. I believe He is now seated at the right hand of Father God in heaven. I believe that He will come again to gather and take to heaven those who have trusted in Him. I believe I will spend eternity in heaven with Him.

Having not seen Him, I believe all these things about Him. And because of what I believe about Jesus, most of the world believes that I am foolish, simple-minded, irrational, deceived, hypocritical, etc. Why? Because the world says that, ‘Seeing is believing.’


But the Christian Bible (the Word of God) teaches us that followers of Jesus believe in Him without seeing Him.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

The Bible also teaches us that without this kind of faith, we cannot please God.
  • Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

After rising from the dead, Jesus told one of His disciples that those who believe (that He rose from the dead) without seeing are blessed.
  • John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

My beliefs about Jesus are by faith. My faith comes through hearing the Word of God.
  • Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

My faith in who Jesus is and what He has done is how I am reconciled to Father God (saved from his wrath).
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

My faith in Jesus is a precious gift from Father God. Through faith, He assures me that the unseen things I learn about in the Bible are real.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Though I have not seen Jesus, I love Him. My trust in Him brings me glorious, unspeakable joy!
  • 1 Peter 1:8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

Do you have faith in Jesus?
If not, diligently seek Him!


Prayer

Father in Heaven, my Lord, my God, my King, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that you will give the gift of saving faith to those who will believe it and receive it. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.