My Peace I Give

Weekly Sabbath Survey
My Peace I Give   —  12-7-13
There is a lot of talk about peace today, even as the wars  continue and the rumors of war swirl around us what seems like continually. All  the politicians talk about it. The preachers talk about it. And here we are in  the season of PEACE on earth, but truthfully, peace seems to be in short  supply — from the White House to the Church House. The problem with government  is the leaders seem to think peace comes by compromise, but history proves that  is seldom the case. The problem with Christians is we think of peace as  being found in the absence of conflict, when the Bible teaches it is found  in the presence of God.
Jesus said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto  you: not the peace the world gives, I give it to you. So  there’s worldly peace and Jesus peace. What is the difference? 
The kind of peace Jesus gives is “the peace that passes  understanding.” It doesn’t always make sense. It’s a peace that  lives and thrives not just when times are good, but in the most tumultuous  situations. This peace, given by Jesus, comes through His blood  applied. 
If the lamb’s blood had stayed in the buckets, rather than being  applied to the door posts, the Israelite first born children would have  died at that first Passover like all the first born among the  Egyptians. But in the midst of that very great judgment for the whole of  Egypt, the Hebrews were in perfect peace and not a single first born was lost  among these people of God.  
Believers must apply the blood at salvation, when we accept  Jesus to secure our eternity with Him and access His peace on Earth. But we  cannot just do this one time and forget about it. We must be remembering it  and trusting in it every day that we live.
There is also another way we remind ourselves of that moment  when we were Born Again. We must remind ourselves often of the blood and the  peace Jesus has given us. We do this with what we have called  ‘communion’. When done correctly, this is at an ordinary family  meal or when having a fellowship time with Believers around our table. At the  beginning of the meal we ask God to bless our meal, then break bread and pass  the pieces among us saying,  “This bread is the Body of Christ given for  our redemption and by His stripes we are healed.” Then, after the meal,  we taking the wine (grape juice), saying, “This is the Blood of Jesus,  given for the remission of our sins.”
This remembrance should be done without great solemnity or  ceremony. With a simple prayer of thanks, blessing the bread and wine in  turn, and looking at each other around the table (eyes wide open) in a holy love  and fellowship. This is sufficient to seal ourselves in Him and  in each other with the bond of love. The Father takes note of  this. With this non-religious approach, which is reverent without pomp and  affectation, is joyful without disrespect, we have contacted the Word that  was made flesh and dwelt among us, His body giving us healing on Earth  and a new eternal body in heaven, and the forgiveness of sins through the  wine of the cross where He shed His own blood for our sins. Once again, we  have eaten the manna of heaven and applied the blood of the covenant.
There is no greater peace can be found in anything or anywhere,  than this.
Read in Exodus 12, the story of applying  the sacrificed Lamb’s blood that first Passover in Egypt. 
Charlene Reams  Manning
Believer  in the Lord Jesus  Messiah
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