"The Things That Make Peace" - 24m:16s
Scripture Reading: Luke 19:35-44
As we enter what many call Holy Week, this morning we’ll look at a passage from the last week of Jesus’ life, as he entered Jerusalem for one of the last times. In looking at Luke 19, we’ll look at the subject of peace, and Jesus’ words about it.
As I was preparing the message for this week, my mind drifted to a familiar hymn on the subject of peace: “Peace, Perfect Peace.” Here are the lyrics:
1 Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
2 Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
3 Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.
4 Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.
5 It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call to heaven's perfect peace.
If you notice, every verse except for the last begins with a question. The author is asking, “Is it possible to have peace?” Each of the burdens of life mentioned—sin, business, death, the future—all weigh on our minds and lead us to doubt. With the way the second line of each verse is worded, it seems that his answer is yes, we can have peace. We often ask the same question—is it possible to have peace? We see so much turmoil around us—in our schools, our government, in other nations across the world. Will we ever experience peace? Join us this morning as we explore the question!
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