Pastor’s Message May

John 14:27 “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.”

The greatest good, which everyone who believes in Jesus actually possesses, is the gift of peace. No longer is there discord between you and God. Our rebellion and sin, our turning our backs on God, our relying on created things to save us, our forgetting God except as a last resort and then only as a means to our own ends – these sins are all gone. Every sin is removed “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Our Father in heaven has had compassion on us! We are at peace with God! You live in harmony with God because of Jesus’ cross. This peace is a blessed reality because God has sealed this covenant of peace in the blood of his Son, Jesus.

This Jesus is the one who ascended to the right hand of God. There he is now seated, ruling over all things everywhere. The Father has given Jesus authority over all things, seen and unseen, in heaven and on earth. Jesus is ruling all things for the good of the church, for you and me – dearly loved, blood-bought, baptized, and treasured members of this one holy Christian and apostolic church.

How can we respond to all this but with praise, as did believers of old: “God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise” (Psalm 47:5-7).