Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives …
But, what is this peace?
Before Jesus returned to the Father, He made this statement …
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
What is this peace that Jesus gave to us?
If we look around us at this world and what is going on,
… it certainly does not look like there is any peace anywhere!
So, what is the peace that Jesus had,
… that peace that he left for us, that He gave us?
Jesus Himself gave us a clue, saying
… ‘not as the world gives do I give!’
That surely means to stop looking at what is going on, in the world,
… and to start looking at the life Jesus lived while He was on earth.
Now, what about Jesus’ life made it special (except not sinning)?
Jesus was never under pressure, nor not knowing what to do!
Why? Because He was at peace!
Why was Jesus always at peace?
Because He knew God, as Father and as Lord in His life!
… He knew the Father loved Him and would show Him all things,
… His life was at peace because He truly trusted in the Father,
… He heard the Father and the Father could direct His every step!
and His life was at peace because His trust in the Father was real!
For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things
that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater
works than these, that you may marvel.
That is the peace Jesus left for us, that Jesus gave us,
… the peace that David wrote about in Psalm 23.
A peace that says,
… I accept what the Father says,
… because I believe that the Father is,
and that He is my shepherd, my strength, my surety and my peace!