Jesus – Our Source of Peace
The Prophet Jeremiah served God’s people for more than 40 years and over that time he cried out for them to “Repent and come back to God!” more than 100 times. Yet, just as the people of the northern kingdom ignored the Prophet Amos, the people living in Jerusalem ignored the Prophet Jeremiah as well. As a result God allowed the Babylonian army to overtake Jerusalem and take His people into exile. While they were there, the false prophets told them not to worry for the exile would only last a couple of years. So the Lord came to Jeremiah and told him to write a letter to the exiles reminding them they would be in Babylon for 70 years.
70 years! The news must have been devastating hear! 70 years! More than a full generation would never be going home! Jeremiah told them, “5 Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:5-7) In other words, God told His people, “hunker down, live your lives; you will not be coming back anytime soon, for I told you if you did not repent and come back to me, you would be in exile for 70 years.”
This news would have been life changing for those who first heard it. This is news that changes things forever! This is news that takes your breath and your hope away! But God told the Israelites, and God tells us, in the midst of this life changing news not to lose hope, for He had prepared a way of rescue for them and for us. Jeremiah 33:31-34 speaks of a New Covenant God would make with His people and all the nations of the world. This New Covenant would not be made with the blood of animals on the altar of the Temple because this New Covenant would be made between mankind and God with the blood of His only Son, Jesus Christ. This New Covenant would be for the forgiveness of sins and for the salvation of all who believe in Jesus for through this Covenant God reconciled Himself to us. In this New Covenant, fulfilled through Jesus Christ, God solved the problem of the chaos and catastrophe of the fall.
Jesus invites us to come to Him so that He and the Father will be with us. Through Jesus, we can live with the assurance that Jesus did not, nor will He ever abandon or forsake us, no matter what circumstances we face. Jesus tells us He will not leave us as orphans! Because Jesus has not abandoned us, because He sends the Holy Spirit to be our helper, you and I can live in peace, no matter what we are facing. This is good news for all of us because one day Christ will come again to wipe away our tears and heal our broken lives.