Monday, November 18, 2013

Jesus, the Prophet of Peace

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 14:27)

Five Christian students were walking home from an Open Doors seminar in east Africa when they passed a young Muslim man, walking into the bush, with a rope in his hand. He tied the rope around a tree. The students asked, “What are you doing?”
“I want to kill myself,” he replied.
“I say my prayers five times a day and I read the Qur’an. I have money, a wife and children, but I have no peace. I want peace. That is my one big wish.”

The students applied what they had learned and witnessed to this man named Keder. They told him that the Qur’an teaches that Jesus is a prophet, but He is also the Savior of everyone who accepts Him as Lord. He is the Prince of Peace. Keder left the rope in the tree and decided to give this Savior a try. The students took him to church, and after prayer Keder said, “I’ve found the peace I was seeking.”

The following day, Keder showed up at the seminar. The stranger wearing a Muslim hat scared the teacher at first but he continued. In the afternoon, Keder asked to give his testimony. “Until now, Islam was the only genuine religion for me because it was straightforward. I studied the Qur'an for five years and I did my rituals daily but none of that gave me peace. That is why I decided to kill myself. Then I met five of you Christians yesterday. I used to hate Christians, but when you witnessed and prayed for me, everything changed. Muslims are hurting without the knowledge of the Scriptures, therefore pray for them.”
Keder is now secretly studying the Bible and attending church. He is the first Muslim in his area to accept Christ. His Bible study leader says that he attends regularly and arrives early to talk about Jesus before the Bible study starts. Jesus’ peace makes him unafraid and he wants to witness. He is even prepared to die for Jesus.
RESPONSEToday I will rest in the promises of the
Prince of Peace and not be fearful.
PRAYERPray for Muslims who are hurting from the
lack of knowledge of the scriptures and the
source of true peace.
Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS) A daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks
© 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission


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