John 14:27


     Just before he laid down his life for us, the Lord Jesus said to his disciples, "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." These words of grace were addressed not to those early disciples alone, but to all who live by faith in him. They are the words of Christ to you and me. There are four things contained in these words for our instruction, edification and peace.

     1. A BLESSED LEGACY - "Peace leave I with you." This is the gift of Christ to his church. As he was the Fountain of peace to his disciples while he was upon the earth, he is the Fountain of peace to us now. Knowing that trouble and tribulation must befall us in this world, he left us peace to cheer and gladden our hearts. Indeed, Christ is our peace (Eph. 2:14), our peace with God, our inner peace and our peace with one another.

     2. A DIVINE GIFT - "My peace I give unto you." The peace here spoken of is that peace which Christ himself enjoyed as he lived upon this earth as the God-man, our Mediator. It is his peace. But it is a peace that he freely and effectually gives to those who trust him.

     3. AN INSTRUCTIVE CONTRAST - "Not as the world giveth, give I unto you." The world does give peace to those who love it and follow it. And Christ gives peace to those who love and follow him. But there is no similarity between the two. Christ's peace reaches the conscience. The world's only soothes it. Christ's peace is steady. The world's is wavering. Christ's peace is unconditional. The world's is conditional. Christ's peace is everlasting. The world's is soon ended.

     4. A TENDER EXHORTATION - "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Against all the troubles of life in this world Christ has made provision for his people. And the provision he has made is peace. He gives other bountiful supplies of grace for our days of trial - strength, faith, hope. But peace is his special antidote for trouble. If Christ is our peace, why should our hearts be troubled with anxiety or afraid in the midst of impotent foes. Blessed indeed are those men and women who have Christ and his peace to sustain their hearts in a world of trouble.


Don Fortner