Readings


Luke 7:36-50
Luke 8:43-48
Luke 19:1-10
Luke 2:8-12

How Do We Experience Peace?

She knew she wasn’t supposed to be there. It was the house of a Pharisee, a religious leader in the community, and there she was, a sinner, a “woman of the city.” Everyone knew of the turmoil in her life. Most of all, she knew. Her soul was in chaos because of the sin in her life. Hostility with others and with God followed her at all times.

But something drew her to this house. Rather, Someone drew her in. This woman knew deep in her soul that if peace were to ever be found in her life, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, could give it to her. In an incredible act of faith, this woman threw herself at the feet of Jesus, weeping from her sin, broken from the peace missing in her life. She knew God had created her for more, for good and for peace, yet it had been gone for so long. Her life consisted of sin, not peace. Maybe, just maybe, Jesus would give her a taste of peace in her tormented life.

But, in only eight words, Jesus changed everything. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50)

We are all longing for peace in our lives. We all want the brokeness and chaos of sin to be removed and for shalom to enter in. So how do we find true peace? How can we go and live our lives in peace? JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! If we lay our lives at His feet, trust Him with our whole selves, the Prince of Peace will cover us with peace for all our eternity! Jesus is the giver of peace to our lives!

Families With Young Children

Read Luke 19:1-10. KIDS, Why did Zacchaeus not have many friends? (because he had cheated the people out of money and was dishonest) Who did Zacchaeus want to see? (Jesus) What did he do to see Jesus? (climbed a tree) Did Jesus walk by and ignore him? (no) What did Jesus do when He saw him? (Jesus told him that He was coming to his house) Jesus knew Zacchaeus but He still loved him. Jesus wanted Zacchaeus to have His perfect peace. Zacchaeus was ashamed, he wanted to stop doing wrong things and start doing the right things. Jesus forgave him and he began to experience the peace that can come only from Jesus.

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