I LEAVE YOU MY PEACE

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

The times that Jesus lived in could be characterized by lots of things, it wasn’t noted as a time of peace. It started at His birth, Jerusalem was said to be in an uproar at the news the wise men brought about the birth of a Jewish king. Herod went on a rampage killing male children under two years of age. It wasn’t much better during His ministry years. Think about it, his home town friends tried to throw Jesus off a cliff. Then there was the constant attack of the Pharisees and Saducees that was relentless through His entire ministry. Then there were the suicidal maniacs that He dealt with, outrageous storms, betrayal on His staff, and abandonment from all His friends. It ended with the suicide of one of His disciples and His execution from an unholy alliance between King Herod, the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, and the high priest of Israel. Doesn’t sound like much peace; unless. Unless you knew the spiritual peace that Jesus lived in. Nothing fazed Him because of the peace that resonated in His life from His relationship with His Father. This was the same peace He had enjoyed from eternity, the peace of God. This is the peace that Jesus offered His disciples in today’s verse. This is the same peace He offers us today. Here is an excerpt from Jonathan Edwards on today’s verse.

“He had no earthly estate to leave to his disciples who were as it were his family: but he had peace to give them. It was his peace that he gave them; as it was the same kind of peace which he himself enjoyed. The same excellent and divine peace which he ever had in God; and which he was about to receive in his exalted state in a vastly greater perfection and fullness: for the happiness Christ gives to his people, is a participation of his own happiness: agreeable to what Christ says in this same dying discourse of his, “These things have I said unto you, that my joy might remain in you.” And in his prayer that he made with his disciples at the conclusion of this discourse; “And now come I unto thee, and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them.”
There you have it, there is a peace available to Christians that is bigger than all the stress in this world. The way things are going, we need it now more than ever. So we have two ways to live, trying to be at peace by fixing our broken world or living in a state of peace that flows from intimacy with God.

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