In very troubled time, Jesus spoke these words to His friends, “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.“ (Gospel of John 14:27)
Better Than Any Earthly Government
The One known as the “Prince of Peace,” addressed a deep desire felt by all of humanity. Peace. The promise of peace. But, He also made a comparative statement that helped define it. He said, “I do not give the same kind of peace that the world gives.”
Because everything about the Kingdom of God is transformational in nature, we automatically realize that His peace is better that any peace the any earthly government or political candidate or party has to offer.
Jesus Gave Earth Dwellers His Peace
Too many times too many sincere Christians believer that the laws and limitations of the earth are the “real” conditions that we all have to make the best of until we are no longer on the earth and living, unshackled, in the ages to come. Or the promises only have the power of a nice sentiment.
Jesus Wasn’t A Writer For Hallmark Cards
When Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you…” He was about to leave this earth realm. He said that He was going TO LEAVE HIS PEACE for the power, purpose, and enjoyment of those left behind (for now). He also added one more thing to the promise. He said I GIVE to you. In other words, it’s a unearned gift.
What Better Peace Was He Leaving?
When Westerners think of peace they think, “the feeling of tranquility.” That is not incorrect, but boy is it incomplete!
The Hebrew word, Shalom, (Peace) includes the idea of conditions feeling peaceful. But, as with all Hebrew words, Shalom also includes much more. It is a word that conveys the concrete realities of completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid. Mankind seeks peace from many different sources. The only true Source is the Prince of Peace.
Peace comes from within and can be experienced deeply regardless of the external conditions. Further good news is that whatever we experience from God’s Kingdom rule within helps shape what we experience in life.
Your true life and my true life does not depend on the outcome of the 2016 elections. It depends upon which Kingdom carries the most practical importance in one’s life.
I appreciate my country of birth (USA) but my passion isn’t about “Making America Great Again.” In my opinion, that is a very fleshy motivations. It’s about making God’s Kingdom Great Again In Our Experience.