Things that make for Peace
Luke 19:41-48 click here for audio
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.
I. What Prevents “The Things that Make for Peace?”
A. Unbelief Rom. 3:17-18; Isa. 57:21; 59:9
B. Man-centered worship Jer. 7:11
II. What Provides “The Things that Make for Peace?”
A. Prayer Isa. 56:7 Rom. 8:6 Gal. 5:22
Isa. 26:3 1Cor. 6:19 Phil. 4:6-7
B. Bible Teaching Luke 20:1; 21:37-38
Matt. 21:14; John 16:33 Ps.119:165
C. Right Relationship with Jesus Christ
John 14:27 Isa. 52:7
We are looking at the final few days before Jesus would give His life on the cross. Last time we noted that Jesus rode on a colt, the foal of a donkey into Jerusalem. This would be Monday that he rode into Jerusalem. Traditionally, we think of Palm Sunday, but it may be more accurate to think of Palm Monday. It’s late Monday evening as he enter, and just before entering Luke records what Jesus says in vv. 41-44.
His ride stops just inside the temple grounds. He doesn’t like what he sees going on at the temple. It’s late so he leaves to return to Bethany two miles away and returns to the temple the next day, which will make it Tuesday. Listen to what Marks says in
11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
He looks around, knowing what He will need to do the next day.
Jesus first comes near to the city, and He’s weeping. (READ vv.41-44)
If you only knew the things that make for peace !
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem…
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
My thoughts could not leave that phrase “the things that make for peace”. Isn’t that what the world desperately needs today - peace? There’s great disturbance in our world. The answer is not a political one; nor an economical one; but rather a spiritual one. Peace in the heart is the answer.
I. What Prevents “The Things that Make for Peace”?
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
The wicked are as their father the devil who seeks to kill and destroy. They seek violence to get their own way. The unbelieving world is having a temper tantrum to dethrone God and to establish their own agenda. It’s been that way from the time sin entered the human race.
In our text we see there were ungodly religious men seeking to destroy Jesus. It’s like Isaiah said in Isaiah 59:9 “the way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace.” They are not interested in true justice; they are crooked, corrupt, and they lead others in the same pathway.
The reason peace is hidden from them is because they reject the Prince of Peace; the Author of Peace; the Lord Jesus Christ who alone grants peace to the repentant heart.
We saw their rejection last time. Look at vv.38-39 “Blessed is the King…..Peace..”
The Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples…” The Pharisees heard people give praise to Jesus like He was the Messiah. They did not see Jesus as the Son of God, or the Messiah. Even after witnessing miracle after miracle, they rejected Jesus, therefore, the things that make for true peace were hidden from them.
It doesn’t get better. (see v.43) For the days will come upon you….
Go ahead and ignore Christ; ignore Him as Lord, ignore Him as the Sovereign God; ignore His Holy Word; that doesn’t get you off the hook. Things won’t get better by removing Jesus. I remind you what the chief priests and scribes and the principal men of the people were plotting to do----- they were seeking a way to destroy Jesus. Get rid of Jesus and there will be no more condemning messages. Get rid of Jesus and we can finally have peace; we can go on with our own plans; this Jesus is a troublemaker, and interferes with my life.
It won’t get better. Jesus tells of the future destruction of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. (Read vv. 43-44)
In 70 AD the Romans hem them in on every side preventing anyone to enter or leave the city. Their purpose was to wait them out and starve them to death. They eventually tore down the walls, and the stones of the temple, every stone was overturned. One source said they were looking for gold hidden underneath the stones.
Because you did not know the time of your visitation
Jesus came into Jerusalem…. Came right into main street….. came to the temple just as prophesied by Malachi 3:1-2 The Lord will come suddenly to his temple….
They did not know the time of this visitation from the Lord. Therefore, rejecting the Prince of Peace, they have not known the things that make for peace.
The Jewish people have not known very much peace in their lives. History reveals the horrific atrocities against the Jewish people.
But it’s true for all people who have rejected Christ as Lord and Savior, their life is not one of peace, but turmoil
B. Man-centered Worship Vv.45-46
11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord.
Jesus cleanses the temple of all that detracts from true worship. Jesus did this at the beginning of his ministry in John 2. Now three years later at the conclusion of his ministry, he does the same thing. (see Matthew 21; Mark 11 )
Jesus shocked the crowd who followed Him into Jerusalem. He did not go as they would hope to dethrone the Romans. Jesus did not come into Jerusalem to attack the political system. He made his assault on the religious system. It had become corrupt and so defiled that it drove away true worshippers. They had dishonored God. The corrupt leaders took advantage of worshippers and used the system to make money.
Every family was to bring a lamb for a sacrifice on Passover Week. If they were poor - two doves according to Leviticus 12:6,8. For convenience lambs and doves were available for purchase. That way you wouldn’t have to worry about transporting your sacrifice, and what you bought at the temple had already passed priest inspection. The lamb had to be without spot, blemish and if your lamb did not pass inspection, you had to purchase one at the temple. The price, however, was 10 times the amount. Whatever you bought at home, by the time you got to the Temple the sacrificial animals would cost you 10 times more.
The Chief Priest in the time of Jesus were Annas and Caiaphas…they had a money making scheme at the temple. They were racking in the money. Then there’s the money-changers. Every Jew had to pay the temple tax around Passover time and the amount was a half-shekel. You could pay it a month before Passover in your local town, but if you wait until you got to the temple you had to have the exact amount, and it had to be in currency for the temple. If you’ve got Roman coins then there were money-changers to change your currency and there was a 25% extra added to the charge. THIS WAS ROBBERY….NO WONDER JESUS CALLED IT A DEN OF ROBBERS.
If Jesus came today, I believe his attack would come against the corrupt churches in America. I know that doesn’t sound nice, but there’s much corruption in the churches today. The Gospel has been replaced with a “me-centered” message. The focus is not on Christ, but on what God can do for YOU. It’s all about becoming a BETTER YOU. Pulpits are used to promote entertainment. AND THE Prosperity gospel…tHERE are so many charlatans, fakes, and phonies…. The cable and satellite networks are filled with false prophets profiting from the ignorance of desperate people who will pay on their credit cards with hopes of getting wealthy, or getting healed.
There’s no peace in the heart; peace in the family; or peace in the churches as long as MAN is at the center; or as I heard someone call church “Me Church”
As long as it’s about ME. What’s in it for me?
Jesus comes to drive out all the distractions, all that dishonors God, all that assaults the holiness of God,
II. What Provides “The Things that Make for Peace”?
Isaiah 56:7 for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples
The Jewish leaders had so corrupted the place of worship that it was not a place of prayer. It had become a place of merchandise; a money-making place of business;
The remedy is returning to prayer. Getting our focus, our minds and hearts upon the Lord. Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill us afresh with the things that make peace… Galatians 5:22 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…..
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
It’s amazing how far the Jew had strayed away from true worship. It had become legalism, ceremony, ritual…. With their lips they honored God, but their heart was far from the Lord.
Jesus cleaned house. He got rid of all the distractions. And that’s why we must pray for the Lord to clean our house. When you think of the temple, don’t think of a church house…. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit…
1Cor. 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
There are some practical things we must do. We live in this world, and so much of this world has a way of getting in us. We are flesh…and we have remaining sin. Have an honest talk with the Lord Jesus. Make a daily appointment to pray. There is a clear connection between PRAYER and HAVING PEACE in your life.
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
B. Bible teaching
v.47 and he was teaching daily in the temple….(Wed / Thur)
What was Jesus teaching? See Luke 20:1 “the gospel” the Good News !
Prayer is linked with Bible teaching…. Just as Jesus drove out what should not be in the temple, Prayer helps us to drive out things that should not be in our minds; and prepares us for God’s Word.
Luke 20, 21 TEACHING see Luke 21:37 “and every day he was teaching in the temple…..”
For those few days - - - Jesus DOMINATED the temple…. His WORD filled the temple….. Luke 21:38 “and early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to HEAR HIM.”
The Gospel is the POWER of GOD unto salvation for all that believe….
Lives were changed! Matthew 21:14 “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.”
Flowing from the ministry of the Word was the ministry of compassion to those in need.
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
C. Right Relationship with Jesus Christ
v.47c the chief priests and the scribes….. seeking to DESTROY him…..
v.48 but they did not find…… all the people were hanging on his words…
One group -- the religious leaders---- wanted to kill Jesus…
Another group---- hanging on his words….
No one can stay Neutral when it comes to their relationship with Christ.
Either they will side with those who hate him….and will be a part of the crowd that scream for his death….
They will side with those who believe WHO HE IS… and embrace Him as Lord and Savior.
If you trust Christ alone to SAVE YOU…. He’s Your Lord and Savior. WHAT DOES JEUS GIVE?
27 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.
If someone was traveling into Jerusalem for the first time, and maybe a Gentile worshipper who was allowed in the court of the Gentiles…. He/she would be confused with all the traffic, the clutter, the noise, because there’s one thing they did not HEAR…they did not HEAR the GOSPEL MESSAGE…. The Good NEWS….
Jesus came…..drove out….the distractions……and set up a pulpit to proclaim the Gospel.. He came down as is said in Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
WHEN YOU ARE RIGHTLY RELATED TO JESUS CHRIST……HE IS SAVIOR AND LORD…THERE’S PEACE
1Cor. 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.