Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Jesus was preparing to leave his disciples and wanted to give them a gift. He knew they would have a time of fear and of persecution and they would need this gift to help them get through it all.
This peace was not some simple pie in the sky ignore the pain kind of peace. No. this was the peace Jesus himself had at all times. This was the peace that passes all understanding and is eternal in nature. He did not give it to them as the world gives a gift (which were empty and without love to sustain them) but without any reservation, wholly and completely filled with love, as much as they each could hold.
Jesus did not give them possessions, houses or land. He gave them something they could only feel on the inside.
There is only one way for a man to be at peace with himself through and through, and that is that he should put the guidance of his life into the hands of Jesus Christ, and let Him do with it as He will.
Submission is peace, and when a man with Christ in his heart can say what Christ said, ‘Not My will, but Thine be done,’ Oh! then, some faint beginnings, at least, of tranquility come to the most agitated and buffeted; and even in the depths of our sorrow we may have a deeper depth of calm.
The trouble is that with mankind we know it is useless to tell someone, “Do not be troubled, and do not be afraid,” unless first that person has Christ’s peace as their own. The person who does not trust Christ as their savior is like a boat on the sea in a storm, rocking with the wind and the waves and being tossed about.
To them Jesus calls, “‘Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Those who turn to Jesus and believe in him by faith and prayer have become saints.
To all the saints, the Spirit of grace is given to be a remembrance of him. Peace is given to us for all good, and Christ has left us all that is really and truly good, all the promised good; peace of mind from our justification before God. This Christ calls his peace, for he is himself our Peace.
The peace that Jesus gives is inseparable from his person. It represents his life, his love and his joy. Sharing in Christ’s peace occurs by entering into communion with Jesus and being ‘in’ him. It is a share in the peace that exists between the Father and the Son. It is a divine peace that enables us to dwell in the Father’s house as children of God.
The peace Jesus gives us will not be shaken and will not leave us, even unto our very last breathe in this world.
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