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