The Gospel of John: a commentary & meditation 
  "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you"

Scripture: John 14:27-31

27 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. 28 You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.

Meditation: Do you know the peace which passes all understanding (Phil.4:7)? In his farewell discourse Jesus grants peace as his gift to his disciples. What kind of peace does he offer? The peace of Christ is more than the absence of trouble.  It includes everything which makes for our highest good.  The world's approach to peace is avoidance of trouble and a refusal to face unpleasant things.  Jesus offers the peace which conquers our fears and anxieties.  Nothing can take us from the peace and joy of Jesus Christ.  No sorrow or grief, no danger, no suffering can make it less.  Jesus also speaks of his destination and ultimate triumph over the powers of evil in the world.  In the eyes of the world the cross stood for shame, humiliation, and defeat.  Jesus went to the cross knowing that it would lead to victory over the powers of sin and of Satan.  Jesus also knew that he would return to his Father in glory.  The cross brought glory to Jesus and to the Father and it is our way to glory as well.  In the Cross of Christ we find true peace and reconciliation with God.  Do you live in the peace of Jesus Christ?

"Lord, may your peace be always with me.  May no circumstance, trouble, or vexation rob me of the peace which passes all understanding.  You, alone, O Lord, are my Peace.  May I always reside in that peace by believing your word and by doing your will.


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