John records four chapters of the Lord’s words to His disciples before His betrayal. Unknown to them at the time, these are the words of preparation which commence His suffering. The disciples are not aware of what is about to take place. They are oblivious to the coming crucifixion as they are but a few days away from being guilty by association with this Jesus of Nazareth. It’s here that the Lord speaks into their lives. Jesus said, John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The Lord’s words were for their near future; for us; or all those who seek Him. Fear was about to knock at the door of their heart. Doubt was about to seep into their thoughts: Maybe the last three and a half years was for naught. The ruthless beating and scourging of their rabbi would soon lay heavy on their minds and it would invoke a horror that most of us cannot imagine. They were with Him and it was enough to convict them.
Jesus was offering something that would last through every dark time. His words would not only feed their bewildered souls, but would speak to us in our time of loneliness and confusion. Jesus said, “I’m giving you My Peace.” He could give it because that was Who He was. His name, according to Isaiah, would be called The Prince of Peace. Hebrews named Him the King of Peace. Paul wrote about, “the Lord of peace…” and there is so much more.
I see a world in chaos. People are lost and without hope. Above all, they are living in angst and much apprehension. Anxieties are rising; confidence is falling, but I give you Jesus: He’s the peace that surpasses all understanding. He is the Prince of Peace and He has given His peace to us today.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole