“Because I live, you also will live . . . 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 14:19 and 27
As a New Year dawns, there are many people who are looking into the face of 2022 with trepidation. Covid 19 has brought with it uncertainty and fear for all the peoples of the world. For nearly two years now, almost every News Bulletin has included the latest Covid headlines. We have become accustomed to hearing the daily statistics of the numbers of new cases, numbers of deaths and of how many people have been vaccinated one, two and three times.
On this, the first day of 2022, many people will find it hard to exchange their usual “Happy New Year” greeting, without contemplating the present-day reality of a new and more transmissible variant of the virus – a virus which has already taken the lives of so many and caused such grief and heartache. For those whose viewpoint is restricted to the limited span of their human life, this fear of the unknown is indeed a reality, even reflected in cartoons in our newspapers about the unknowns that 2022 might have in store.
Throughout history, however, there have been events and circumstances that have generated a fearful response – everything from war to famine, and poverty to disease. Jesus was constantly aware of the contrast between living life in the darkness caused by the shadow of all the world’s complexities, dangers and fears, and living life having been born again into God’s eternal world, where our future lies beyond the limitations of time and our earthly lifespan. Jesus understood how fearful earthly life can be and constantly assured His disciples and followers that He was the answer to their every need.
John’s Gospel, especially, highlights the message of hope that Jesus brought, a message on which Phillips Brooks focussed his attention in his Christmas Carol, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ when he wrote: “The hopes and fears of all the years, Are met in Thee tonight.”
John’s Gospel begins by telling us that “In Him was life – and that His life was the light of men”. It then goes on to say that as many as received Him, those who believed in His name, had the right to become children of God and be born again into God’s eternal family. John 3:16 sums up the whole Gospel in those extraordinary words, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Every child is entitled to an inheritance from their human father. And in just the same Way God the Father has given us, His children, an inheritance beyond the value of any and all earthly wealth – eternal life. Paul graphically expressed this truth when he said that for him death no longer has any sting! Everlasting life was his, and is our, inheritance – the inheritance of every believer. In Christ we are at peace with God – sin is forgiven, our lives are redeemed and we have an eternal future.
And so, it is with confidence that we can declare in the midst of a Covid-infected world that the peace Jesus offers is beyond price – it’s a peace that nothing and no-one else can offer, a peace that truly is beyond all, human understanding.
These words of Jesus echo down the ages into our hearts and lives now, on this very first day of 2022. So, let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. Jesus has overcome the world. In Him we have confidence and can trust that whatever 2022 has in store our peace and our security are in Him.
I have no hesitation in wishing you a very blessed New Year. And I pray that 2022 will be a year when you grow closer to the Lord, learn more of the life-changing truths of the Gospel and trust more deeply in Him – the only One who has overcome all things.
Happy New Year Peter.Thank you for those encouraging words.
God Bless You.
Thank you for your wonderful inspiring message . May God continue to bless all the work you do in his name . I love reading the daily seeds of the kingdom . Thanks to all who write it .
May God continue to put HIS words into YOUR mouth to speak out to our fallen world, so that we can ALL have the opportunity to LIVE our lives and THRIVE, through JESUS as a NEW CREATION and lean not on our own understanding. Thank u Peter for your dedication to Jesus. and thus being an example of what it means to BE a Disciple of/in Christ,
The verse I received for 1 January 2022. From this verse I feel the words for the year and to maintain focus on is HOPE, LOVE and FAITHFULNESS in 2022.
“But this I call to mind, Therefore I have hope. It is because of the LORD ’ S lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him, To those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word]. It is good that one waits quietly For the salvation of the LORD.”
Lamentations 3:21-26 AMP
Happy new year!
It is so good to hear the truth at the beginning of the new year! I am so thankful that I don’t have to fear in those times. Blessings Ruth Moos
Happy New Year to all.
As always Peter your blogs hit the heart, so inspiring, many thanks.
Happy New Year to you and Fiona!
Thank you for your encouraging words for the year ahead!
I bought Mark your newest book and he thoroughly enjoyed it!
Debra & Mark
Perth, ON, Canada
Thank you Peter.
This is such an inspiring message at such a time as this.
Thank you for these encouraging words.
God bless you.
Thanks Peter. Keep telling all truth that breaks into lifes to have hope in all situations. Happy days kev
Long ago David Wilkerson (teen challenge) saw all this crisis and components! Check it on web or his books. All wage earners being affected, thousands dying etc but mostly; that it would change the way we live forever! Also this; it will feel like God has abandoned us ,he said, from God.Be at peace,He has everything under control ,amen .we still are serving an amazing good God , Marie , from London 😀