Not As The World Gives

Read John 14:25-30
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

With Jesus going to the cross within two days time, He comforts his disciples. He tells them his leaving this world will produce great results; therefore, they can be comforted in his departure. By his leaving:
➢ The Helper, who is the Holy Spirit, will come and will remind and teach us all Jesus has spoken (v. 26).
➢ Jesus leaves his peace, a peace that the world is incapable and impotent to give. Only the God of peace can leave peace, and this peace is a sign of the beginning of the messianic kingdom (v. 27). [John quoted from Zechariah 9:9 in John 12:15 showing that Jesus fulfills the Messiah prophecy. Another sign of this coming king is that He will bring peace to the nations (Zech. 9:10), which Jesus also fulfills.]
➢ Our hearts are not to be troubled or afraid. His death does not leave us in fear; instead, it drives out the fear (v. 27).
➢ We may believe (v. 29).
➢ The world may know of the Son’s love for the Father (v. 31).

These words of comfort were not just for the disciples, but for us too. It has been some 2000 years since Jesus ascended to heaven, and we are living in an already-but-not-yet kingdom. Jesus’ death has inaugurated the new covenant and new kingdom. Jesus is our Lord, but we still get discouraged from time to time as we live in a world that is not yet fully redeemed and that shows no sign of submission to the one true lord Jesus. So we find ourselves with the disciples needing to be reminded by Jesus, as he is on his way to the cross, that his leaving is only temporary and is necessary. We find ourselves with the disciples needing to be comforted.

Peace is the result of being in a right relationship with God. If you are looking for peace in your life by simply going to church, walking down an aisle, and giving money, but you have never entered into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ or you are not living in a right relationship with God, you will never have the peace of God. Is the peace of Christ ruling your heart this holy week? What is keeping you from experiencing God’s peace?

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

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