We always live with some kind of fear. The fear of life, threats from terrorists, fear of natural calamities, fear of death etc. (Yet it’s an irony that the fear that we ought to have ‘God fear’, we don’t have at all.) Often we Christians also live under some kind of fear. But there is one thing that Christ has guaranteed us through his death on the cross of
Let’s turn to Luke 24:36 – “Peace be unto you.” This incident happened while they were discussing about the glorious appearance of saviour. Then Jesus himself stood among them and said “Peace be unto you”.
It is true that these words, “Peace be unto you!” were the ordinary Jewish salutation. But, on this occasion, spoken by the Lord, possessed more than the ordinary meaning. Looking from apostle’s perspective, their mind had passed through the deepest distress. They had lost their Lord and their Friend; and with him they had lost, as they thought, their cause and their hopes; they were, therefore, afflicted with an overwhelming grief. And now they were filled with the liveliest agitation. They were in a mental state in which blighted hopes were struggling with darkest fears; their soul was stirred to its very depths; and what, above all things, they needed was One that could come and say, “Peace be unto you!” It was the very word that was wanted to be breathed into their ear, to be spoken to their heart. At this moment, Jesus is saying to them “Peace be unto you.” Definitely it possessed more meaning and depth rather than mere Jewish salutation.
When we remember our saviour, let’s also remember the peace that he has guaranteed through his death.
“Come unto me,” he said,” and I will give you rest.” Not as the world gives rest or peace does he give. And we know from our experience its not
(1) Not mere comfort or gratification that is very short-lived;
(2) Nor satisfaction that is based on ignorance of ourselves, and must before long be exposed;
(3) Nor the quiet of indifference or unbelief that must soon be broken up.
Not of this order is the peace of Christ. It is:
1. Rest to the burdened conscience. lie shows us our sin and makes us
ashamed of it; he fills our heart with a true and righteous sorrow for it; he awakes within us a just and honourable concern for the consequences of it.
And then he offers himself as the One who bore the burden upon himself, through whom we may find forgiveness and acceptance. And “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2. Abiding gladness to the hungering heart. “In the world” is unsatisfiedness of soul, emptiness and heartache; a sense of disappointment. But in him is a true and lasting satisfaction. “How happily the days in his blest service fly!” To live heartily and wholly unto him who loved us and gave himself for us, to expend our powers in his praise and in his service, — this is the secret of lifelong peace. All the lower springs will fail, but this never. To “lose our life” unto him is to “find it” and to keep it for ever.
3. Comfort to the troubled spirit. When darkness falls upon the path, when losses come, when bereavement makes a gap in the home and in the heart, when some heavy disappointment blights the prospect, — then the felt presence, the realized sympathy, and the unfailing succor of that Divine friend give a peace which is deeper than our disturbance, a thrice-blessed calm to the tempest-tossed soul.
4. Peace in death. For many centuries the dying have departed in peace because they have hoped for everything through the Divine Saviour; they have calmly “slept in Jesus;” and those who now look forward to death as a passage through which they will be passing can find no better wish or prayer than that “the music of his Name” may “refresh their soul in death.”
To give us this abiding, unceasing peace, our saviour has to go through many peace less hours and nights. Let us remember his sufferings and thank God for the peace that we enjoy because of his death.