LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT#2
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus met with His disciples for the last time before His death. At that meeting, He instituted the Lord’s Supper as well as gave His final promise to His disciples. You might say He gave to them His last will and testament. The significance of a will is determined by the possessions accumulated by the person who is dying. In this case, the Lord had very few earthly possessions, He had stored up all of His treasures in heaven. He was about to unveil the significance of this inheritance to His followers. Jonathan Edwards made some interesting observations about this. Listen to His powerful words.
“That it was his own, that which he had to give. It was the peculiar benefit that he had to bestow on his children, now he was about to die and leave the world as to his human presence. Silver and gold he had none: for while in his estate of humiliation he was poor. “The foxes had holes, and the birds of the air had nests: but the Son of man had not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). He had no earthly estate to leave to his disciples who were as it were his family: but he had peace to give them. It was his peace that he gave them; as it was the same kind of peace which he himself enjoyed. The same excellent and divine peace which he ever had in God; and which he was about to receive in his exalted state in a vastly greater perfection and fullness: for the happiness Christ gives to his people, is a participation of his own happiness: agreeable to what Christ says in this same dying discourse of his, John 15:11, “These things have I said unto you, that my joy might remain in you.”
To the natural man, Jesus had nothing to offer. He had no property, no stocks, no money, no treasures or jewels. All He had was His promise. What was that promise? Actually it was the Promise of the Father. He said “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you”. Actually this promise was that the Holy Spirit would come to replace Him. He would carry out the same ministry Jesus had performed, the only difference, He would now work through each of the disciples. They were entering into a whole new world. They were about to enter into the world of the Holy Spirit. This world of the Spirit is where everything changes. Rather than looking to our earthly possessions as our inheritance, we become suddenly aware of another whole world. This is the world of the Spirit. Our new inheritance is not silver and gold but it is Christ Jesus, the pearl of great price.