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God’s treaty of peace is binding

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:25-27

The peace, which the world gives, is only as good as the parties to that peace. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world, and we are sinful and imperfect people.

We are experiencing that in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Shortly after the Cold War ended and Ukraine separated from the Soviet Union, that country had one of the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons. The government of Ukraine gave up those warheads when it signed The Budapest Memorandum, a Non-Proliferation Treaty.

This document was signed by Russia, the United States and Britain. These countries promised that, upon giving up its nuclear warheads, none of the parties to that document would invade Ukraine.

The memorandum states, “Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.” Yet, the Russians broke that treaty and have done what they agreed not to do. Unfortunately, we cannot give what we do not possess.

Unlike the peace, which the world gives, Jesus gives real peace which cannot be taken away.

Scripture says that it is a peace which surpasses all understanding.

We do not have to negotiate this peace, which comes from God. We do not have to wait for some human official to give it to us. This is God’s gift to us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

It is sealed in our baptism. Therefore, no one can take it away from us. No one can misrepresent or cheat it from us.

We don’t have to rely upon politicians, governments or lawyers to negotiate it for us. This peace came in Jesus’ will to us and to all who call upon his name.

His soul was committed to his father. His body was bequeathed to Joseph, to be properly interned. His clothes the soldiers would divide. And his mother he left to the care of John.

To his disciples and all who would follow in their train, he left that which was infinitely better than anything on Earth. He left them his peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” This peace, which he gave to the disciples, and which has come down to us through the apostles, is a peace filled with love. It is a peace with God, and peace with one another.

This he purchased for us with his precious blood on a cruel cross. When we find this peace, we can live with ourselves and with others. This world of woe, sorrow and pain becomes more tolerable for us.

The peace which the nations of the world agree to is very fragile. It does not hold up under scrutiny. Human treaties for peace are often signed by people without integrity. Often, they sign them but have no intention of keeping them.

However, God’s treaty of peace with humanity, which was sealed in the blood of the Pascal Lamb, is binding. It cannot be broken. God will not and will never break His treaty of peace with humankind. Amen.


• Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone 426-9084; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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