Sermon Questions from December 4, 2016

What is the difference between the Lord Jesus Christ peace and the anti – Christ promised peace in this world.?

I think motive is a clear part of the answer to this.    The Anti-Christ promises peace to achieve his means, but does not keep his promises.  Jesus promises peace out of love for us and with our well being in mind.  Jesus can deliver this peace which the anti-Christ cannot.  The antichrist may bring peace for a short period but ultimately by his nature, the antichrist will not maintain peace.  The reality is that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and the antichrist is just that anti-christ and thus anti peace over all.   If you read Daniel 9 and Daniel 11 you’ll see the sense of peace that is brought, but also how that peace is broken.  Something Christ would not do, but that the antichrist does do.

What does it mean when Jesus says “not as the world gives…”

Just for some context here is the passage this question is referring to from 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 question above comes out of this verse, which is a promise of God’s peace.  There’s a clear distinction made between the peace of Christ, and the peace the world gives.  The question then, is what is that difference?  In the Old Testament peace was a word said to people who were leaving.  This is much more than that.  Earlier in John Jesus promised the disciples will not be orphaned or left alone –we see here that part of that promise is fulfilled in Jesus leaving his peace with them.  This is a peace that is derived from Jesus and his life.  It’s the peace that fulfills the hope of Israel.  The world promises peace but can’t deliver it.  Peace in the world generally means security or no conflict.  We know from our own world that neither of those things can be promised in the world right now.   Nor have they ever been something the world can deliver.  SO the peace of Christ is different than the world in that Jesus can deliver on his promise of peace when the world cannot.