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!


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, April 14, 2019



Have you ever been captured with wonder while gazing into the depths of the heavens on a cloudless night? Have you ever contemplated the origin of the universe? Have you ever trembled due to the ferocity of an approaching storm? Have you ever considered the complexities of the physical laws of nature? Have you ever acknowledged the brilliance of the created order? Have you ever wondered where humanity came from?

There is no shortage of explanations, legends, theories, fairytales, laws, stories, proofs, myths, doctrines, cults, traditions, etc. that attempt to satisfy our deep and desperate longings for truth. But when it comes down to what we believe, we turn and look within ourselves. We ask, ‘What feels good and right to me? What aligns with my experiences, perspectives and desires? Who do I trust for answers?’

But, as a first step towards finding and understanding truth, we should be looking outside of ourselves to the universe we live in. We need to get beyond our personal preferences, desires and motives to see the truth. The realities of creation are not tainted by personal bias (even though our personal interpretations and understandings of these realities certainly are).

What Does Creation Teach Us?

Creation Confirms God’s Existence!

  • Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
    • God created everything out of nothing. There was nothing physical before He created it. He is where all the inanimate stuff in the universe came from (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, calcium, gold, lead, etc.).
    • He also created DNA – DNA is information. Information cannot evolve from inanimate stuff. DNA shows His intelligent design for creation.
    • God created and assembled everything inanimate and living according to His perfect plan.

Creation Declares God’s Glory

  • Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
    • In creation we see God’s magnificence and abundance! He was not limited in what He could do or what He needed to do it.

Creation Displays God’s Intelligence!

  • Proverbs 3:19-20 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew
    • The intellect of God is beyond our comprehension. He has perfect:
      • Wisdom (judgement, ability to discern inner qualities and relationships)
      • Understanding (reason, skillfulness)
      • Knowledge (He knows everything)

Creation Reveals God’s Creativity!

  • Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
    • He didn’t make a small, barely adequate universe – He spoke into existence something that is beyond our comprehension. He created an infinite expanse of wonder.

Creation Demonstrates the Love of God!

  • Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
    • God loves us so much, He created us with the ability to think, and speak and be in relationship with Him.

What Does Observation and Contemplation of Creation Do to the Human Race?

Creation Should Humble the Human Heart!

  • Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
    • In creation we see the infinite power and genius of the Creator. And in awe, we should wonder, ‘Why would He even notice me? Why would he care about me?’
    • Contemplation of creation should be a humbling experience.

Creation Divides Humanity into Three Groups:

  • Those who believe in one or many gods that may or may not include the God of the Bible.
  • Those who believe only in the God of the Bible.
  • Those who deny the existence of any god including the God of the Bible.
    • Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.

So now I ask, ‘Have you ever sincerely desired to understand where everything that exists comes from? Do you want to know why you are here? Have you ever read God’s Word and diligently sought after Him with an open heart and open mind about these and other great mysteries?’

Creation declares the existence of a god!

The Word of God teaches about the only true God!

To know God and be in a reconciled relationship with Him
comes only through knowledge of His Word
and saving faith in Jesus Christ!!!

Hear the Word of God.

  • Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of 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.
  • 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.
  • Romans 10:9-11 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”


Father, You have revealed Your existence through creation. You have given us Your Word so that we may come to know you in a very personal way. You sacrificed Jesus Christ to pay the debt for our sin. Use Your Word and the power of Your Holy Spirit to save those that are lost. Thank You for creation. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for Your love! I pray these things in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen