Sermon: Peace (John 14:27)
Every advent season, we celebrate the coming of the « Prince of Peace. » Ironically, the season leaves us feeling anything but peaceful!
Join me as I unpack the meaning of Jesus in John 14:27:
PEACE I leave with you…
MY peace I give to you,
NOT AS THE WORLD GIVE do I give to you,
Do not let your hearts be TROUBLED, nor AFRAID
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– Preaching this topic because of Advent
– Also because it is a major theme in the Old Testament/Bible
– Choosing John 14:27 as our theme: divided into 4 sections
1. Peace I leave with you
– In English, « peace » is usually primarily an emotional reality (and by implication absence of war, peace with God, etc.)
– In Greek, « peace » (eiréné) is primarily a military reality (and by implication an emotional reality)
– Both are negative concepts: but the Hebrew shalom is a positive reality:
— Meaning « health »
— Meaning « covenant relationship with God »
— Meaning « peace, welfare, material blessings, etc. »
2. My Peace I give to you
– Peace (like stress!) is contagious!
– There is such a thing as a « man » (or woman) of peace (Psa. 37:37, Lk. 10:6)
– Jesus is the « Prince of Peace » (Isa. 9:6)
* If we spend time with stressful people, we will absorb their stress: if we spend time with Jesus, He will impart His peace.
Question 1: What are things that steal our peace?
– Is hard
– Is filled with fears, uncertainties
– Seems meaningless
2. OUR HEARTS
– Are burdened with guilt
– Are restless with insecurities & nameless longings
– …is certain…
– …but what comes next is not
Segue: For all these reasons and more, the human race has always been obsessed with finding, selling, promising, and buying ‘peace.’ Jesus said, « Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Question 2: How does the World Sell Peace?
1. SIN is not a big deal (Jer. 6:14, Ezek. 13:11-14)
2. GOD is only, always loving and « on our side, » He is not just or mad at our sins
3. EMPTY promises that « everything will be ok
4. DISTRACTING from the « big questions » through entertainment, diversions, drugs, etc.
Segue: Jesus does not give like this, but rather…
The Peace of Jesus:
1. Sin really is a big deal!
– Big enough to cost Jesus His life
2. God really is dangerous
– Dangerous enough to throw us into Hell for our sins
3. Human effort really is useless to save
4. …and so, since we were helpless, God paid the price for us (Rom. 8:3-4)
5. Therefore, we really do have peace with God (Rom. 5:1) in Christ
6. Therefore, God really is for us (Rom. 8:31) in Christ
7. Therefore, God really does want to give us good things (Mat. 7:11, Jn. 16:26) in Christ
8. Even when He allows evil, He promises to work things out for our good (Rom. 8:28) to those who are in Christ
9. He promises that nothing can separate us from the Fathers love if we are in Christ (Rom. 8:31-38)
10. We have a tremendous hope for eternal life in Christ (Rom. 8:16-23, 1 Cor. 15:51-56)
4. Therefore, « do not let your hearts be troubled do not be afraid
– Your sins are forgiven!
– You have peace with God!!
– The Father approves of you, and loves you!
– He really desires good things for you!
– The worst-case-scenario is death
– The power of death is sin (1 Cor. 15:51-56)
– Sin is defeated at the cross (1 Cor. 15:51-56)
– And so we have nothing to fear!
– This whole section is written so that we can have peace (John 16:33)
– This peace is rooted ultimately in our hope of returning with Jesus, and being with Him eternally (John 14:1-3)