Jesus Peace Gift
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Calms Human Hearts

Jesus' peaceNot only could Jesus forgive the sins of individuals but he could also give them the gift of peace in their lives. Jesus peace gift is not just the Israeli formal greeting and farewell "shalom" but the actual conferring of quiet inner peace and blessing on a person. In Luke 8.43-48 when the woman who had serious internal bleeding took hold of Jesus' garment, he recognized that power had gone out from him. We read, "And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, [many manuscripts add "and she had spent all she had on doctors"] but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 'Who touched me?' Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, 'Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.' But Jesus said, 'Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.' Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.'" When another woman in that town who lived a sinful life came where Jesus was, according to Luke 7.37-38, "eating at the Pharisee's house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them." Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this who even forgives sins?' Jesus said to her in Luke 7.50, 'Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'" Healing and forgiveness are here associated with Jesus peace gift.

God's Peace

Jesus calms the stormJesus is forgiving sins and conferring peace upon people because of his deity. He is the Lord over all creation. When Jesus was asleep in a boat on Lake Galilee, he awoke to the cries of the disciples and ordered the wind and storm to cease. He was showing the power of a creator God. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples in Mark 4.39-41, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?' They were terrified and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'" The God of Creation had spoken and Jesus peace gift had been conferred on the creation on that lake.

"Jesus Peace Gift"
by Ron Meacock

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