Are you looking for peace? Do you desperately long for peace? Is the search for peace something that is high on your priorities? Then you need that leader who is called the Prince of Peace. The cessation of war is not peace. Peace is something very different and only Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can impart real and lasting peace.
In the New Testament, John Chapter 12 is an extremely rich seam. We can read it and study and still it continues to produce such profound thoughts and lessons which are all so practical and also so needed in these present times.
Many thousands of people are so disappointed and so hurt because of the greed and corruption and selfishness and mismanagement in the business and financial worlds.
Economic plans have been ruined by those who should have known better.
Profitable corporations and established banks have been brought to the brink of disaster by those who appeared to be driven by personal ambition irrespective of the damage that was being done to those around them.
There must be many very embarrassed men and families who because of personal aggrandisement attempted to be king of the castle. Life is not as easy as that.
It is always wise to care for others and look after others.
Good leaders should make that a priority.
There is a very comforting and reassuring word in verse 16 of John Chapter 12. The disciples did not fully understand all that was going on that day either! Have you ever wondered what on earth is happening? So did they.
Nobody understood this until after the Resurrection. It is only after Calvary and it was only after Jesus shed His Precious Blood for us on the cross and it was only after Jesus Christ rose from the dead that his chosen disciples received peace and he spoke peace to them that resurrection evening.
Even John, who produces all this in writing almost sixty years later, did not understand at the time.
Sometimes we have to be very patient and gentle and non-judgmental, even when dealing with true disciples of Jesus, and especially when they are so blind and unresponsive to something that might seem so obvious to us.
For example, there are some people who have not a clue and have no understanding as to the significant place of Israel in the economy of God.
But for us, Christ has been to the Cross. The blood has been shed. Jesus is risen, and so there is no need to wait and there is no delay. He appears to his chosen men in that room.
That same risen and living Jesus offers peace and power and life and love today. We need to be reminded of that as we serve and minister.
There were now crowds flocking after Jesus. The people are curious and interested.
There is a lot of enthusiasm and zeal, but it did not last. There are also some very angry Pharisees leading the people and they are becoming more and more enraged.
There is a lot of emotion around and the warning is, do not allow the wrong emotions to control you or you may find yourself going against Jesus and his disciples.
What is needed is simple trust and faith in Christ.