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

 

Jesus knew that He and His followers would never again travel the road that they were on together. Jesus was aware of the plans that people were devising against Him, and He also understood the fact that everything that these people would do would be carried out in order to achieve God’s wishes and to fulfill His plan for the salvation of the world. In this time of reflection and instruction Jesus became very philosophical in the thoughts that He expressed. Yet, His philosophical statements carry with them a very practical quality. The time that these people have spent with Jesus has not always been peaceful; in fact, there has been more turmoil, excitement, and fast-paced movement that down time and rest. Now, all of the stress and the struggles that they encounter are about to accelerate greatly.

 

Yet, Jesus blesses them with peace. This is the gift that He bestows upon them. This peace is a deeply rooted and totally pervasive form of calm and assurance that operates at a level so fundamental as to reshape and redefine the stimuli that come at its holder from the outside and from within the mind. It grants comfort to the heart so that natural fears and concerns are no longer converted into anxiety. The peace that Jesus gave to His followers then and that He grants to us now is based upon our trust of Him, and this comes as a result of our faith in Christ as the true Savior, Lord, and King of all Creation that He, in fact, has demonstrated that He is. Christ’s peace is powerful and it is strong. It withstands the forces of this world as it enables us to pour out God’s righteous love into our culture.

 

The benediction of peace that Christ gives to us is very different in nature from the way that this world attempts to convey peace. Worldly peace is based upon power, control, and acquisition. In general it is given only in exchange for some form of return of the favor. God gives all to us. He gave us His Son, and belief that is founded upon Jesus, the Christ, grants to us an eternal relationship with God that is neither conditional nor is it incomplete. Based upon this relationship with Christ we can live confidently and love totally, for there will be forces and situations in life that will be hard, harsh, and frightening, yet, Christ stands with us always and prevails against all of it. The peace that Jesus brings to us is what allows us to be battered, bruised, and bloodied by life and still joyously proclaim the victory of our souls over it all.

 

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14: 27

 

The peace that Jesus is talking about here is the great peace of Shalom. It is something that goes far beyond a quiet night or a day without the news about war and death filling our ears. In fact, under the circumstance at hand when Jesus was talking, peace would seem to be about as far away as anything could have been. Christ knew that in only a very short amount of time He would be arrested, tried, and crucified. The people who were close to Him would not experience earthly peace in their hearts and minds for a long time to come. Yet, Jesus stood there and promised it to them.

 

Jesus knew and was sharing with us the fact that the peace of Shalom is not an easy thing. The sort of peace that brings a deep blessing of the soul from God is surrounded with struggle, sacrifice, acceptance, and hard work and commitment. In order for us to experience the peace that Christ grants to His people we must yield our wills and surrender to His. Christ desires for us to be emissaries for His peace talks in our troubled world. Yet, we can not hope to be effective in that role if we have not settled into the state of calm and understanding that is God’s hope and intent for His people. Christ’s peace-givers have settled totally into their trust in God’s plan and have complete faith in Christ’s victory over all that is evil in this world and in the heavens.

 

Still, the peace that Christ grants to us is not a call to be passive or disengaged in the face of all that is wrong and destructive in our world. Instead we are to openly live in our calling from God. Christians who live in the reality of Christ’s Shalom are made strong rather than weak. We are compelled to speak truth in the face of the lies and the deceptive rhetoric that is thrown at us daily. Christ’s peace-givers are aware that wars and strife are not solved by bigger weapons and by causing a greater degree of havoc to fall upon an enemy. We also fully accept the fact that the differences that we see between races, nations, and tribes of people are there in order to demonstrate the expanse of God’s creative beauty. At the same time we need to recognize that the divisions that exist and that separate peoples from each other are the result of our sinful disobedience and stubborn refusal to follow God. Christ’s peace resides in our hearts; yet, it is made evident in our world through our loving and bold expression of truth, mercy, and grace in the name of Christ.

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

 

Peace is settledness, a stillness that comes from deep within. In this sense it is different in essential nature from the sort of calm that we can learn to express through practice and by using skills or technique. This sort of practiced and trained calm is like a pot of boiling water when oil is poured on its surface. The water is no longer splashing out of the pot, but the contents are still cooked by the high heat that is inside. Most people can learn to say that everything is fine, and we are able to acquire the ability to even look peaceful on the outside, but Jesus is talking about something else entirely.

 

Remember, as Jesus was saying these words to His followers, He was in a situation that was the farthest thing possible from peace inducing. He knew fully that His next hours would bring stress, pain, and suffering for Himself that would take Him to the edge of human endurance. He also knew without question that He was doing exactly what the Father had planned for Him to do, and Jesus, in all of His humanity, trusted the Father completely. Although Jesus would feel powerful emotions and He would express His feelings openly, that inner calm that comes from trust, obedience, and faith in the Father’s perfectly loving will continued to anchor Him. Jesus found His peace in His relationship with the Father.

 

Christ has given us the same gift. His Spirit is with us so that we can know God and be led by Him in all aspects of life. From intimate personal experience, He knows the importance of possessing peace. So, He wants people to accept and to embrace this Godly quality as our own. The simple knowledge that God is walking with me in all situations is comforting. The fact that He knows my journey and its outcome is strengthening, for I trust that His outcome is my best one. Christ does not give me some instructions or a few lessons in how to express calm in the face of my personal storm. Instead, He enters into the tempest with me, and Christ grants me His unshakable peace of heart so that I can stand up and think clearly regardless of what comes my way.

 

 

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14: 27

 

The peace that Jesus is talking about here is the great peace of Shalom. It is something that goes far beyond a quiet night or a day without the news about war and death filling our ears. In fact, under the circumstance at hand when Jesus was talking, peace would seem to be about as far away as anything could have been. Christ knew that in only a very short amount of time He would be arrested, tried, and crucified. The people who were close to Him would not experience earthly peace in their hearts and minds for a long time to come. Yet, Jesus stood there and promised it to them.

 

Jesus knew and was sharing with us the fact that the peace of Shalom is not an easy thing. The sort of peace that brings a deep blessing of the soul from God is surrounded with struggle, sacrifice, acceptance, and hard work and commitment. In order for us to experience the peace that Christ grants to His people we must yield our wills and surrender to His. Christ desires for us to be emissaries for His peace talks in our troubled world. Yet, we can not hope to be effective in that role if we have not settled into the state of calm and understanding that is God’s hope and intent for His people. Christ’s peace-givers have settled totally into their trust in God’s plan and have complete faith in Christ’s victory over all that is evil in this world and in the heavens.

 

Still, the peace that Christ grants to us is not a call to be passive or disengaged in the face of all that is wrong and destructive in our world. Instead we are to openly live in our calling from God. Christians who live in the reality of Christ’s Shalom are made strong rather than weak. They are compelled to speak truth in the face of the lies and the deceptive rhetoric that is thrown at us daily. Christ’s peace-givers are aware that wars and strife are not solved by bigger weapons and by causing a greater degree of havoc to fall upon an enemy. They also fully accept the fact that the differences that we see between races, nations, and tribes of people are there in order to demonstrate the expanse of God’s creative beauty. At the same time we need to recognize that the divisions that exist and that separate peoples from each other are the result of our sinful disobedience and stubborn refusal to follow God. Christ’s peace resides in our hearts; yet, it is made evident in our world through our loving and bold expression of truth, mercy, and grace in the name of Christ.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

John 14: 27

 

Peace is a settledness, a stillness, that comes from deep within. In this sense it is different in essential nature from the sort of calm that we can learn to express through practice and by using skills or technique. This sort of practiced and trained calm is like a pot of boiling water when oil is poured on its surface. The water is no longer splashing out of the pot, but the contents are still cooked by the high heat that is inside. Most people can learn to say that everything is fine, and we are able to acquire the ability to even look peaceful on the outside, but Jesus is talking about something else entirely.

 

Remember, as Jesus was saying these words to His followers, He was in a situation that was the farthest thing possible from peace inducing. He knew fully that His next hours would bring stress, pain, and suffering for Himself that would be beyond human endurance. He also knew without question that He was doing exactly what the Father had planned for Him to do, and Jesus, in all of His humanity, trusted the Father completely. Although Jesus would feel powerful emotions and He would express His feelings openly, that inner calm that comes from trust, obedience, and faith in the Father’s perfectly loving will continued to anchor Him. Jesus found His peace in His relationship with the Father.

 

Christ has given us the same gift. His Spirit is with us so that we can know God and be led by Him in all aspects of life. From intimate personal experience, He knows the importance of possessing peace. So, He wants people to accept and to embrace this Godly quality as our own. The simple knowledge that God is walking with me in all situations is comforting. The fact that He knows my journey and its outcome is strengthening, for I trust that His outcome is my best one. Christ does not give me some instructions or a few lessons in how to express calm in the face of my personal storm. Instead, He enters into the tempest with me, and Christ grants me His unshakable peace of heart so that I can stand up and think clearly regardless of what comes my way.