The King Who Offers Peace

Krista Williams

Day: 26 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 19:28-48

Luke 19:41-42 (NIV) “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.’”

There is a deep churning of emotions as Jesus enters Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. In just a few short verses we discover the disciples rejoice, but some of the Pharisees sneer. The crowd cheers, but Jesus weeps! (Luke 19:37-41)

Jesus didn’t just have a few tears streaming down His cheeks as He entered the city. He is weeping bitterly. His is a loud lament! The word “wept” actually means to express uncontainable audible grief, to wail or howl in pain or grief. Jesus is crying in great anguish.

Jesus wept because the people are spiritually blind. They don’t see Jesus for who He really is. They fail to recognize their Messiah in their midst. (John 1:11; Luke 13:34) What a tragedy to miss Jesus and the true peace only He can bring. And because they rejected Him, Jesus knew the terrible turmoil and judgment that was coming to the people and the city. (Luke 19:43-44)

Can you hear the sadness in Jesus’ tone as He speaks these words? “If you, even you had only known this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42).

What is peace? Peace is the tranquil state of a soul assured of salvation through Christ. That is what Jesus brings us—real, lasting peace! That peace is based on a steadfast trust in God and infuses us with the power of internal stability. Jesus’ peace results in a quiet conscience, a restful mind and a hopeful heart.

Peace isn’t connected to a lack of noise, trouble or difficulty. It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart. Peace is a person. Peace is found in Jesus Christ—He is the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) He is the one who brings relief to the constant struggles and turmoil of this life.

Oh, how it must grieve Jesus for us to remain in a state of constant turmoil! But it is where we often reside because we ignore or refuse Him—the Prince of Peace.

There are so many times when we as Christians allow the turbulence of our situation to get the best of us. We allow struggles to overtake us and rob us of our peace. In a world where everything is changing quickly and emotions churn out of control, the truth is still the truth! Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and He stands ready to be our peace today and every day. (John 14:27; Isaiah 26:3-4) 

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Prince of Peace. You give relief to the turmoil of this life. I praise You for the gift of eternal peace and security I have in You. I thank You for the moments and times in my life when the storms of life were raging out of control, and You calmed my heart and mind and fears with Your powerful, peaceful presence. Forgive me for the times I have chosen to live in the turbulence of a situation instead of resting securely in Your peace. Your peace passes all understanding, and it’s readily available to me every moment of every day. Lord, help me remember to access Your peace! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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