The Peace of Jesus

John 14:27 NIV
“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.”

As I read through Chapter 14 in the Gospel of John I had a hard time picking out just one verse. There is so much truth in Chapter 14 that surrounds the statement Jesus made in verse 27. We’re talking about the reality of who Jesus is and who He represents. We’re talking about a visual representation of God our Father. We’re talking about a reality that transcends all that we see.

“Peace be with you”.

After His death and resurrection, Jesus used this greeting three times when He met with His disciples (John 20:19-29). The first thing to notice is that Jesus used this greeting of peace after His resurrection. He did not use this greeting before His resurrection. By His resurrection, Jesus has defeated Satan and the power of sin. The resurrection of Jesus confirms our own resurrection that is to come (1 Corinthians 15:20).

The second thing to notice is that Jesus used this expression of peace with His disciples. That would be you and I that believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). That would be you and I who are no longer under condemnation for our sins (Romans 8:1)

And the third thing to notice is that in John 20:21 John records :”Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Once again, that would be you and I. We are to be Christ’s ambassadors, His representative in this world that we live in (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Our peace is we know who Jesus is and what He has done (John 3:16).
Our peace is we know our sins have been forgiven and because Jesus lives, we also shall live (John 14:19).
Our peace is we know that we also have been sent to fulfill the will of God our Father, through the Spirit of Christ, who now lives within us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4).

John 14:27 NIV
“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.”

We are in the world but not of this world (John 17:9).
We are not to let our hearts be troubled nor are we to be afraid (John 14:27).
We have our peace in Jesus. In this world we will have trouble but take heart, Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

28 comments

  1. Thanks for the trip to John 14 and 17.
    Reading over 17 you can imagine I went to these words:

    17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

    19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

    20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

    21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

    22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

    The fact that Jesus sees himself as other worldly and now sees his follows as other worldly is very interesting. And then for him to see their commission similar to his, to be invaders of a sort into the world to bring others in and to bring unity, to bring peace, to do the mission of Jesus is a interesting cool way to look at our presence in the world.

    We are visitors as Jesus was to bring the gospel and the kingdom to others so they can become the people of God and live in Peace with God and fellow believers.

    Its sort of how Jared must have felt going over to the UAE to broker peace with Israel. It puts a new spin on Blessed are the Peace makers.

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      • We are pilgrims, ambassadors, Aliens, not of this world. And as Paul put it, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. And as Paul said in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, we are to be one so we can share the gospel.
        I did not know that there was two ways of looking at it.

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      • Well, what good is Obama or Biden or Clinton or Bush or the French or the Canadians or the Americans?? It was Trump that started this push for peace. Peace. Of all the crazy things. was everyone so stupid but Trump a genius. With all his failings he gets something none of us do. You didn’t make a peace deal. Peter and Paul the Apostles didn’t make a peace deal. But here it is. Trump is making a peace deal.

        So, you talk about Peace and you want to Poo Poo on the President and his dirty Ilk. I am not sure I grasp this. Blessed are the peace makers unless they are the Trumps? Or Blessed are the losers of the past and present that have made no peace. Has Canada fixed it? Did Democrats? Did the East coast or west cost of Canada fix this? Did Ontario or Texas or California or China or India create Peace in the middle east.

        I would suggest that whatever problem you might have with Jerrod and some type of condescension, Maybe you should look back in the mirror. Ask why didn’t you make peace in the middle east. So if Peace is what God wants, then they, not you, nor I have pleased God. Maybe Jerrod is smarter than you and I put together. Maybe its why God (Romans 13) put them there and you where you are. Blessed are the peace makers for they shall see God.

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      • My perspective about Trump differs from your’s Scott and I have decided not to argue about Politics anymore. You are a Trump fan, good for you. That’s your prerogative. Please note that I have not put forward any “suggestions” to you. Blessings Scott.

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      • Its not about being a trump fan or not. I am a Canadian. But Not seeing Peace in the middle east as the single most amazing thing ever seen in a generation. If Jesus was talking about Peace what then was he talking about. Being able to get a large double double without using a gun? It is literally the biggest thing happening in the world. Politics or no politics. The Pope didn’t do it.

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      • One last comment Scott. Sometimes we Christians put ourselves in conflict with one another because we look at issues through a national identity instead of a Kingdom identity. And that would be His Kingdom, which is not of this world.

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      • it reminds me of that evil man Paul the Apostle. No one thought he was worth a pinch. Yet, he did more for the gospel than the whole of the apostles by far. Or it sure appears that way.

        Jarred seems to have done the same. making such accomplishments Moot seems to destroy the purpose of your article. 1 John says that serving god is pointless unless you love one another. And in the biggest case in the world almost literally I would say the Samaritan is more concerned about peace than the rest of the world. The Democrats like Hillary are involved in actual crime throwing dispursions, her husband literally doing sexual crimes in the oval office and we are parsing about Trump while he is bringing peace to the middle east, stopping human trafficking, hammering the drug, trade, supporting right to life legislation and taking troops home while calling for more law and order. There is no single person in the world doing more for Christianity, Peace and justice. You could call him sally if it makes you feel better. But when it comes to Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, Peace on earth, there is no one on earth right now bringing Peace. I find it just befuddling. The endorsement of the Police, the endorsement of the major religions, even a Nun speaking at the convention about life.
        Maybe its all a sham, maybe its pandering, but if it is, its pretty good. Peace. And it turns out Franklin Graham approves.

        Our Canadian corrupt politicians may not approve. They want to give money to their friends and steal from Canadians.

        Trump has literally changed lanes, he is not in a Republican lane, not in a Democrat lane, he is in a lane all by himself. Rough around the edges, a bit self congratulating but so what. To think that we would not vote for something like that? Peace? better wages, freedom of Religion.. Liberty. It reminds me of what Jesus said. I came to set at liberty the captives… IF this is not application of Kingdom policy then Jesus should have executed Peter for betraying/denying him 3 times and gave the noble peace prize to Justin Treaudau for doing absolutely nothing for no one except for himself. He didn’t build a jet, didn’t fight a war, he didn’t help the poor, he didn’t help the environment he just helped himself. But these days, that is rewarded and actual peace is scowled at. It means the scriptures mean nothing. good is evil and evil is good and preaching is just about theories but not about reality.

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      • Scott, Scott, your perspective differs from mine. I have authorized all of your comments, which is the fair thing to do as long as we remain civil with one another. All I was stating was that I have been fair with you with regard to you voicing your opinion (which differs from mine) on my blog. I do not wish to make the case for my perspective with you. We disagree, can we leave it at that?

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      • I’m thinking Scott, that the reconciliation aspect of the peacemakers has to do with reconciling sinful mankind to God through the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As you are aware, context is always key. When Jesus said His Kingdom was not of this world, I’m thinking that includes humanistic nationalism in all of its varied forms, being put above His Kingdom, but hey, I could be wrong. Which explains why I don’t argue about Politics anymore. Blessings.

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      • The problem with Religion is that it favours those who do not swear and wear suits and quote scripture, yet some of the most religious are the most evil people in the world. You can see that with Jeremiah 34. They did not grasp that the laws were meant to bring peace between people. Any way you slice it, with or without the church Peace in the middle east between two religious groups shows that religion did not answer the call of God for Peace. Religion is in vain if Peace is seen as evil or tawdry if its done by the wrong person.

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful blessing this morning, Bruce. I even wrote down notes with you name beside them.

    I hope you are well. I’m in the midst of moving my work to Mailchimp. I’m not sure where this is leading but I am looking to Jesus. I stepped down from my job after 18 years so I have more time to soak in His Presence and only want to follow. Perhaps this is the beginning of becoming His disciple and all these years have been my preparation to finally let go of my agenda and follow His. It’s a bit humbling to think you’re just beginning at 65…Sending love and blessings to you and yours.

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    • Hi Deb, I know what you mean and it is humbling but as God’s word says, “. . . all things work together for good to them that love God . . .” But on the other hand, it’s also exciting and very rewarding! We’re hanging in here and doing OK, trust all is well with you and yours. God’s grace, peace and joy to you and yours also. Love in Christ. – Bruce

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  3. I love this post, Bruce. The book of John is wonderful – the whole bible is priceless! His peace is the highest blessing I have ever experienced.

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    • Hi Lesley, yes, the Gospel of John has always been my favourite Gospel and you’re right about the whole Bible, the beauty of its totality is hard to explain because it covers so many different aspects of God’s truth. When I think of peace that Jesus gives us I think of the verse where He says “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matt 11:29) That rest is our peace in Him, relying on Him, trusting in Him. Just wish some of those waves around us weren’t so darn high at times! Blessings!

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      • I know, it’s been tough. The verse from Matthew is beautiful – He offers us the healing power of rest. Speaking of rest, it’s my bedtime now. I’m aiming to get to bed before midnight as I stayed up way too long last night and didn’t do myself any favours.
        Blessings to you too. Goodnight. 🙂

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