Today was our last day of a sermon series that focused on the gifts of God in light of the resurrection and we focused on the idea of God’s peace (shalom in Hebrew) and it’s different directions.
And though Christ gives us peace, we all feel certain levels of unpeace all the time. Wars rage on, discrimination exists, genocide, famine, natural disasters and family discontent are an all too real part of our daily lives. That’s why this word of peace is so important, notice where in John’s Gospel Jesus promises this life of peace.
It comes right before his crucifixion scene. Had Jesus uttered this promise after the death scene it would have been easy. After the crucifixion it would have been, “Now that everything is alright, don’t worry.” But, by giving this encouraging word before his death, he is essentially saying, “I am standing up to Satan’s last, best option and saying that you have no need to fear, worry, respond in violence or act negatively.” By staring sin and death in the face, Jesus’ word of peace can reassure us in any and every circumstance that we are facing.
And as with all gifts, it is not one that we should keep to ourselves. Just as we have experienced God’s all-encompassing shalom, we are to go out and be shalom bearers to those around us. We all know those that are struggling, hurting, afraid, lonely or about to give up. Because we have been given access to a peace that does not waver, we are to share that with those around us.
What is one time that you have experienced the peace of God?