During Lent at Eastbrook Church, we continue to explore the soul-deep hungers in our lives planted there by God in order to lead us to Himself. The series, “Hungry for God,” parallels the season of Lent, and has a companion daily devotional that you can access here.
This weekend I explored the hunger for peace. There were so many ways we could approach this topic. In fact just a short while ago, I preached on Jesus as the Prince of Peace. However, this weekend, I decided to focus in on Jesus’ Passion and the journey from the triumphal entry to the cross and beyond to the resurrection. I asked: how does Jesus’ Passion related to the peace He promised to bring?
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
The Hunger for Peace
Jesus and the Gift of Peace (John 14:27; 20:19-20)
The brewing conflict amidst apparent peace as Jesus enters Jerusalem (John 12)
The promise of peace (John 14:25-31; 16:33)
The engagement with conflict from the Garden to the Cross (John 17-19)
The realization of peace (John 20:19-20)
Living with Peace
Entering into the peace of Christ ourselves (John 16:33; 20:19-20)
Speaking the message of peace in Christ to others (Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:15)
Cultivating peace with others relationally (Romans 12:18)
Making peace in a conflicted world (Matthew 5:9; James 3:18)