Troubled? Try A Peace Sandwich

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. — John 14:27

I think most people will read right past this verse. They will miss the incredible point Jesus makes. Jesus is declaring something profound: first, the progressive state of the world; second, a divine counter-response to this by Jesus. Jesus promises peace in a progressively troubled world.

You see, culture and the people of every culture will claim to be able to give or provide a path to peace. But mortal man cannot give it. It's impossible. Many will even proclaim that progressive moves will lead us down a road to more or greater peace. They will suggest that all we need to do is pay penance for past wrongs, address economic inequality, care for human rights, create environmental stability, establish mental health programs, and build global collaboration. But none of these advancements, programs, or agendas can provide this, and they never will because they fail to address a fundamental individual human issue — sin. This world is ruled by the evil one, and mankind is always progressively sinful.

But here's the deal. Jesus can address human sin. In fact, in a few hours, that is what He is going to do. He is going to address the sinful human condition. And with it, He is going to instate a new era and extend real peace. Unbelievable peace. But for this to happen, He is going to have to leave them for a while. And this is going to trouble them. But they are going to have to hang onto this promise of peace.

And as we continue reading, you'll notice the "peace sandwich" that Jesus is going to let them chew on. Because this departing message and promise of peace are going to be the greeting He gives them after the resurrection.

  • "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'" — John 20:19
  • "Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.'" — John 20:21
  • "Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you.'" — John 20:26

Today, if you have trouble in this life, there is only one who can give you peace. It's Jesus. To receive it, you have to believe He provided it through the means of His death and resurrection. And then once you accept it, you have to cling to the guarantee that He has given it. And this is not rejecting the reality of this fallen world, nor is it positive self-talk that attempts to ignore the negative consequences of sin. It is accepting and believing a promised reality instituted by the King who makes good on every promise.

So if your stomach is a little upset today by all the concerns of this life, try a "peace sandwich" for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today.

ASK THIS:

  1. How does the idea of the "peace sandwich" connect with your personal experience? Do you find yourself seeking peace through worldly means, or do you turn to the eternal promise given by Jesus?
  2. In reflecting on the contrasts between the peace offered by the world and the peace given by Jesus, how might you personally apply these truths in your daily life? Are there areas where you feel challenged to accept the peace that only he can provide?

DO THIS: Eat a "peace sandwich."

PRAY THIS: Lord Jesus, guide me to find peace only in you, not in the fleeting promises of this world. Help me to cling to your guarantee of peace, trusting in your unfailing love and grace, even as I face the troubles of this life.

PLAY THIS: Peace.

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15 thoughts on “Troubled? Try A Peace Sandwich

  1. Greg Y. says:

    Thank You for the peace sandwich. Brother, the worldly voices this life can entice us to feel defeated, but the Lord is so good and faithful to bring peace when we become quiet and seek Him.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Your words ring true, brother. In a world that never seems to stop talking, it’s in the silence that we often find God’s comforting voice. Your analogy of a “peace sandwich” is a great reminder that the nourishment we need isn’t found in the chaos of life but in the quiet moments with the Lord.

      Jesus Himself sought solitude to pray and be with His Father. He knew the importance of shutting out the noise and tuning into God’s truth. That peace you’re savoring is the very peace Jesus promises in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

      May we all seek that heavenly peace, continually feeding on the truth and grace found only in Christ. Stay strong, and keep seeking Him!

      • Greg says:

        About our bakery, Crumbles Cookies… We are not related to the franchise Crumbl Cookies. We were open 12 years before they existed. There’s a lot of confusion with our customers & even vendors. I think it’s God’s way of getting our attention and changing our hearts in how we see this big business competitor. We’ve changed from “how dare they take our name” to, “ He’s got this!”.

  2. David Moon says:

    Vince, we were traveling back to Calif. to help get my father-in-law home from the hospital, suddenly my phone rang, I answered & it was my sister-in-law was calling to tell us their father had just suffered another heart attach had just died. I had a heavy feeling come over my chest. A few seconds latter. a peace come over me, from my head down to my feet. It was something I had never felt before. It told me the fear of not seeing my father-in–law again was wrong, I will see him again in the near future. What an incredible feeling & relief I felt. Thank you Lord God Almighty “I AM”.

    • Vince Miller says:

      David,

      Your experience is a profound testimony to the Holy Spirit’s comforting presence in our lives. In times of loss and fear, God reaches down and offers peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s a divine assurance, found in Christ, that death is not the end for those who believe.

      Your father-in-law is now in the presence of the Lord God Almighty, the great “I AM,” free from pain and suffering. Your faith in this promise has allowed you to experience a touch of heaven’s peace here on earth.

      May this experience continue to encourage you, knowing that the same God who comforted you in this moment is always with you. Thank you for sharing this moment of grace.

  3. gonzalo correa says:

    Amen brother!

    I need my a Holy Spirit Sandwich full of peace and the entire Fruit topped with gifts too!

    May His peace in us be evidence of our trust and faith in Him Who saved us from eternal punishment. Amen.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Gonzalo,

      Amen indeed, brother!

      Your hunger for the Holy Spirit’s fullness is something we all should strive for. It’s not just about wanting a slice; you’re after the whole sandwich, filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That’s a feast only God can prepare!

      Keep pursuing that deep relationship with Him, enjoying every bit of the sustenance He offers. Your trust and faith are paving the way for a life richly flavored with His grace.

      Stay strong in Him, and keep feasting on His Word.

  4. Marko says:

    Amen Brother Vince! All the social and political programs in the world are not one iota compared to the peace of Jesus!

  5. Chris Caliguire says:

    I cannot believe how this actually works. I’ve prayed it fervently, cast my anxieties as if I have a buddy sitting in a chair next to me, complaining to Him. And then this raging anger just gets chill. There’s no other way this happens but supernaturally. So Fellas……..🤣 Just do it!

    • Vince Miller says:

      Chris,

      Your experience is a lively testament to the power of prayer! Casting our anxieties on Jesus isn’t just a figure of speech; it’s a real, life-changing practice. You’ve discovered that incredible peace that can only come from leaning on our heavenly Father.

      Keep laughing, praying, and encouraging others with your story, brother. Your faithfulness is a beacon to those around you. Way to go, my friend!

      In Him,
      Vince 🙌

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