There are 351 references in scripture to peace. 351. That is nearly one for every day in the calendar. 351 is more than the number of games in a pro baseball season (doesn’t it seem like there are a zillion of those? no?). 351.
Here’s the obvious question: do you think God knew peace would be important to us? Necessary for us?
“(Jesus speaking) Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” –John 14:27, ESV
The world offers peace right now. Yet if we’re really honest, we will admit that the world’s peace, if we can even call it that, is fleeting and ever-changing. What will bring you the world’s peace today will be out of date and out of style tomorrow. And that is a beautiful thing.
Yes, I meant it. It is beautiful that the world offers us nothing lasting. Why? Because it compares so starkly with what Jesus offers.
You see, Jesus didn’t come to bring peace to this world. He came to bring peace to our souls. The world is not the basis for enjoyment. It is the basis for trouble. Jesus did not proclaim that He overcame the world because it was easy to do–the world threw everything at Him, and He triumphed. Not because He relied on the world to make Him feel okay, but because He relied on eternal peace.
And He offers that same eternal peace to you. Let’s take a quick look-see again at John 14:27:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. not as the world gives do I give to you…”
He’s not the little kid hogging the toys at the playground who hasn’t yet learned to share. He is the Almighty Creator, come to earth to pay for your sins, so that He can give you peace.
It is yours for the taking. He has it in outstretched hand. Will you take it?