This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “You Have the Words of Life”.
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John 20:19-21 (NIV)
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
Peace be with you.
1. What is this peace?
John 14:27 (NIV)
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.
This is not the “Peace” of good circumstances. This is a peace that exists even in the midst of not so good circumstances.
John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This peace is His peace. This peace makes no sense to the world or the culture.
Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
His peace can’t be understood by human reasoning. Because it is not human peace. It is the peace of God. It is the peace between Jesus and His father. He is sharing His peace with us. He is bringing us into His peace.
2. This peace produces joy
John 20:19-21 (NIV)
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. As a disciple in the peace of God we should always have a measure of joy. A lot of people aren’t experiencing this joy in their lives and we are going to look at what we can do to help find and know this type of joy in our lives. We are going to look at some verses in Romans 8 to talk about why and how we can experience joy as we follow Christ.
a. No condemnation
I am forgiven in Christ. No guilt, no shame.
Romans 8:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
I looked up the word no in the dictionary. It means no.
Way to many people don’t experience joy because they are overwhelmed by guilt and shame. This leads them to self-condemnation. I should be different, I should be better, etc, which just adds to the guilt and shame they are already carrying around. What Jesus did on the cross was enough for you. You are completely forgiven.
b. Eternal life
Romans 8:11 (NIV)
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
I can experience life now because there is no condemnation, my past has been forgiven, and because God has promised me a future with him. No guilt, no shame, and no reason to worry.
c. God works for the good of those who love Him
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God is able to take all the mess and somehow use it for good. Rather than be consumed by the what ifs of life, or be overwhelmed by every decision that we have to make, we just have to do the best we can with what we have for Jesus today. And even if I mess it up, God is still able to use it. Joy comes from living doing the next right thing.
d. God is for me
Romans 8:31 (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
One of the biggest fears people struggle with is rejection. Not being loved, not fitting in, embarrassing yourself, not being approved of.
But the reality is, is that God is for me! He’s not just with me. He’s for me. He’s on my side. You don’t need to be afraid of rejection because He is for you!
e. God meets all my needs
Romans 8:32 (NIV)
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
God will meet all our needs. We sometimes struggle with this because we confuse our needs and our wants. But God will meet our needs. Because of the confusion though, sometimes our response is that we stop asking. God wants you to ask in prayer more than you do. God wants you to pray and get answers more than you do.
f. God will always love me
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
No matter what, God will always love me. That is one of the most amazing truths to know in you life, and it will bring you joy.