March 28 – John 16:33

“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.”

John 16:33

With everything we faced in 2020, one of the many heroes were nurses. They were and are on the front lines caring for people who are in a deeply vulnerable place. They care for people who are in pain. They care for people who are going through trauma. They care for people who are hurting and lashing out. They walk into chaos daily. The best nurses have an ability to bring peace to their patients who are experiencing real trouble. They bring a calm, a sense that everything is going to be okay, and administer healing.

This is a picture many of us have experienced personally or seen with someone close to us. It is an example of someone who brings peace in trouble. John 16:33 Jesus makes us a promise that we can hold tight to “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.”

The Biblical word for peace is not just a state of being, but actually it is a verb. It means to make whole and have harmony. Take a broad look at the use of peace throughout scripture we see that we are to make whole our relationship with each other, ourselves, and with God. But how is this possible? If you are anything like me, you know that all three seem insurmountable. I believe they feel that way because they are…

BUT thankfully we have another way to have peace and it doesn’t depend on ourselves. It depends on Jesus. In Jesus we have the ability to bring wholeness to our relationships with each other. In Jesus we can rest
in Him and have experienced His wholeness on our own life. In Jesus, we are forgiven and can experience wholeness with our relationship with the Lord. Today is Palm Sunday. The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem declaring this peace has come.

Like a nurse walking into chaos, we can navigate a chaotic world. Not because we are anything special. Quite the contrary, we are a people who realize our need for Jesus, and we receive His promised peace. Accept this promise today.