Verse of the Day Devotion: John 14:27
“Peace, I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” – John 14:27
The words ‘peace I leave with you’ or various similar phrases, were used by the Jews to open and to close a letter, conversation, or any form of communication. In this instance, it was used as a closing statement, however, not just regarding this conversation. His time here was drawing to a close and He began preparing them for His departure. Note the next few verses. “You heard that I said 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. Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.” John 14:28-29. However, in the next sentence, He becomes more clear regarding His leaving. “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;” John 14:30.
Jesus here is preparing His disciples for His departure, and I am sure they understood this and thus were becoming anxious. “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.” John 14:25. In this statement He is alluding to the idea that He is preparing to go. Note ‘have spoken while abiding with you’. However, the next phrase makes it clearer. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” John 14:26. The Holy Spirit will come after He departs and will remind them of His words.
Then He gives the customary salutation, ‘Peace I leave with you.’ He wants them not to be troubled by this, for this is what He has been preparing them for. He then reiterates this by stating it is His peace He gives them. Jesus wanted them to have the same peace He had, which came through His friendship and fellowship with the Father. It is what He wanted to give them before He leaves. He then adds, ‘not as the world gives do I give to you.’ Many times when the Jews either opened or closed a conversation, they would simply say it because it was customary and polite. These would be empty words they did not actually mean. However, He was telling them He meant what He said. Therefore, He urged them not to let His leaving, and ultimately their ministry He called them to, trouble their hearts or make them afraid. For the Holy Spirit will be sent to them to be with them. Again, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Paul urged His brothers and sisters in Christ also to remain at peace, and he also showed through living accordingly. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. Jesus would provide this peace to them for He never spoke empty promises.
Jesus here was speaking directly to His disciples; however I have no doubt He is speaking to us as well. He wants us to have peace in this life just as He had peace during His time on earth. Through His word He speaks to us just as clearly as He did to the twelve. So, let us accept and live the peace He gives us. And the way we do that is by not allowing ourselves to be anxious about anything, knowing He is with us. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. Trust Him in everything. There is nothing anyone can or say against us that God has not known from the beginning. And He is already doing what is necessary to help us through. If we genuinely believe this with everything we are, and live accordingly, then we have nothing to be concerned with.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.