“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).
This is the kind of peace that the world cannot give or take away. It is His peace. “My peace I give to you.” The world may achieve temporary political “peace.” But His peace is the kind of peace no political, economic stability can attain. It is peace eternal. We were once enemies of God, having rebelled against Him with our sins; but through Jesus’ work on the cross, we have been reconciled to God. We now have “peace” with God through His son, and we can now have peace with all men. This is the kind of peace that overcomes all rage. It’s the kind of peace that believers can have in the midst of storms. Soon, Jesus would send the disciples out. They would have to face persecution from the Roman government and the religious Jewish establishment. But this is the only kind of peace that would sustain them: the peace of Jesus Himself in them. This is the kind of peace that stills troubled hearts and expels all fears, in the face of impending hardships and tribulations: “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Lastly, this is the kind of peace which Paul, who was frequently persecuted, had–and of which he said to the Church in Philippi: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4: 7). This peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ.
May His peace be in you, this day!
Grace and peace!