Thursday, February 9, 2017
Feria on the Thursday
Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
“Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14.27
There are many ways you can have a “peace” from the world. You can have many powerful friends, have a lot of money, live in a prosperous country and believe in a law and government.
But as you know by now, all this is a piece of junk and can be taken from you when you expect it the least. Those things are not evil or bad, but you cannot rely on them, ever! The only peace that is stable, everlasting and solid like a rock is the one given by God himself!
What Jesus is saying? Do not let your hearts to be troubled or afraid! This means it is your decision! Decision to not be afraid and trust God. But this promise of God is not based on a sand foundation but on a rock one. That’s why Jesus said my peace, I give you, and it is not the same as the one from the world.
Jews would believe Him. Why? Because of what word peace means in their language.
Peace in Jewish is Shalom. What Shalom means for a Jew? It means: safety, all well, happiness, health, prosperity, peace, favour and wholeness. When Jesus was talking that He is giving us His peace, He meant that he is giving us: safety, wellness, health, happiness, prosperity, peace, favour and wholeness. It is not just freedom from war and disturbance; it is much, much more. His peace is enough; it covers all areas of your life with God’s protection and power!
Father Ed Bakker