John 14:27 states that Jesus gives us peace: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Are you living in His peace today? If not, why?
I know there are a multitude of events taking place that would cause anyone’s heart to skip a beat or stop altogether. Yet, Jesus provides a peace in the midst of it all that is available to His children. The conditions in the world may continue to be flooded with all kinds of evil, but the condition of your heart does not need to follow.
Here are four things He tells us in this passage:
1. He tells us in this passage that although He is in Heaven, He has left us a precious Messianic gift. A person who is about to die usually writes a Last Will and Testament in which he leaves his possessions to his loved ones. Here the Lord Jesus was doing that very thing. However, He did not leave material things, but something that money could not buy—peace. This peace provides well-being, rest, tranquility, wholeness and security to one’s mind (thoughts) and heart (emotions). Some might believe peace only exists in the absence of conflict, but that is not true. The gift of peace Jesus gives can thrive amid inner or outer turbulence.
2. It is His personal peace—“MY” peace—that He gives to us. Jesus can give it because He purchased it with His own blood at Calvary. He gives us a peace that we cannot purchase or produce on our own. Jesus personally grants “peace with God” (Rom. 5:1) when a person puts their faith in Him and receives forgiveness for their sins. Then He provides the “peace of God” (Phil. 4:7) which once again penetrates one’s mind and heart when yielded to His presence and power.
3. The type of peace that He gives cannot be provided by the world. The world (anyone or anything in it) is totally unable to give this kind of peace. The so-called peace that the world offers is temporary, sparing, selfish, conditional, and fleeting. It is a poor counterfeit to what Jesus truly gives. His gift of peace is forever, whether we decide to partake of it or not on a daily basis. It is available to you today during any chaos.
4. As a result of His peace being available, He instructs us not to be troubled or afraid. All the events swirling around you at this time can trouble or frighten you. A spirit of fear is not from God; so whatever or whomever tries to produce fear in your mind and heart, should be met promptly with this Scripture on Jesus giving us His peace. This peace of God transcends all understanding (Phil. 4:7). So why then should a Christian be troubled or afraid (John 14:1)?
May the events that are taking place prompt you to call upon Jesus and ask for Him to give you His peace. May each child of God practice what they have already learned sitting in the pews week after week. This is a time to put your faith into practice and not hide it away because of fear. Satan is already defeated! Fight the good fight of faith in Jesus.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.“ (Matthew 7:7-8)