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Calms Human Hearts

Jesus' PeaceNot only did Jesus forgive the sins of individuals but he also gives them the gift of peace in their hearts and lives. Jesus peace is not just the Israeli formal greeting and farewell "shalom" a Hebrew word meaning "peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility" but the actual conferring of quiet inner peace and blessing on a person. "Shalom" can also mean a simple "hello" or "goodbye."✞

Power Gone Out

In Luke 8.43-48 when the woman who had serious internal bleeding takes hold of Jesus' garment, he recognizes that power had gone out from him. We read, "And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, 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.'"

Desperate Woman

We noted here that the phrase, "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." This woman was in a desperate state for she was not only seriously sick but also was completely penniless. Jesus gave her peace as well as healing!

Forgives Sins

Another woman in that town who lived a sinful life, according to Luke 7.37-38, came while Jesus was, "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.'" Again Jesus conferred peace upon this woman! Healing and forgiveness are here associated with the gift of Jesus' peace. Some scholars believe that this person was Mary Magdalene who as time went on became close to Jesus and his mother.

God's Peace

Jesus Calms the StormJesus was forgiving sins and conferring peace upon people because of his deity. He was the Lord over all creation. One day, 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. By this, he was showing the superpower of the 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 later 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 the gift of Jesus' peace had been conferred on the creation on that lake.✞

Lord Over Death

Temple Mount JerusalemJesus Christ proved that he was Lord over death by raising the widow's son from the dead in the little Arab village called Nain in Galilee. Jesus could give life back to those who had died. He was "Lord over death." As God, he gave resurrection to Christians who had fallen asleep in Christ. Mark 10.33-34 read, "'We are going up to Jerusalem,' he (Jesus) said, 'and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.'" Jesus here prophesied his persecution, death, and resurrection.

Upcoming Death

Christ on the CrossJesus took the Twelve aside and told them clearly what was going to happen to him. Jesus informed them of his upcoming death on the cross even though he knew that he was, in fact, Lord over death and had power over it he was willing to submit to it for the sake of his followers down the ages.

Village Called Nain

Widow of NainJesus as the Lord over death is seen in the raising of the widow in the village called Nain. "Nain in Galilee" is about 9 miles south of Nazareth and today has a population of about 1,800 and is called "Nein" in Israel. We are told in Luke 7.11-13, "Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out - the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

Filled with Awe

Then Jesus goes up and does something no other orthodox Jew would ever do, that is he touches the coffin bearing a dead person. Those carrying it stand still whether out of surprise or shock at Jesus' action we do not know. Jesus then says to the dead man in Luke 7.15-16, "'Young man, I say to you, get up!' The dead man sits up and begins to talk, and Jesus gives him back to his mother. They are all filled with awe and praise God. 'A great prophet has appeared among us,' they say, 'God has come to help his people.'" Luke 7.17 then reports that this news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. Jesus is Lord over the living as well as the dead and gives a son back to his grieving mother.✞

"Jesus' Peace"
by Ron Meacock

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