Topic: Gospel of John Passage: John 14:27–14:31
In order to calm the troubled hearts of His disciples after telling them He was going to leave them, Jesus not only provided them the PRESENT of peace but He also set the PRECEDENT for peace.
1. THE PRESENT OF PEACE (v. 27)
Sensing their sadness, Jesus left His disciples a parting gift, which was exactly what they wanted and needed during the period of time between Jesus’ departure and the arrival of the Holy Spirit. This was the kind of peace that Christians experience because of their relationship with Christ who is unchanging in His work and His character. It is a calm and confidence brought about through the knowledge that there is an all-powerful sovereign God that is in control of the lives of His children and a trust that all they experience is in accord with the working of His will (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28; John 16:33).
2. THE PRECEDENT FOR PEACE (vv. 28-31)
A. PEACE IN THE MIDST OF SELFISH ACTION (vv. 28-29)
Jesus set an example by exhibiting peace while He was being unjustly persecuted. But He took peace in the knowledge that His treatment and sacrificial death was the will of God the Father, and that by doing the will of the Father, He would be glorified. This was an unselfish act because if you truly love someone, you will do what is good for another (1 Corinthians 13:5).
B. PEACE IN THE MIDST OF SATANIC ATTACK (vv. 30-31)
Jesus knew that His time was short (v. 13:2) and that Satan was already active among He and His disciples in the upper room (e.g., Judas). But He assured His disciples that Satan had no claim on His life or control over what was about to transpire (i.e., His unwarranted abuse and death). Jesus willingly laid down His life because He delighted to do the Father’s will. We should not lose sight of the fact that Jesus’ love for God the Father was so great that He wished to do the will of thew Father - even to the point of death.
Thank God for providing you true, lasting peace in Jesus Christ in the midst of a chaotic world where circumstances are constantly changing. Ask Him to help you show the world how much you love Him by doing exactly what He commands you to do.