I GIVE YOU PEACE

Jn.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.

The Lord’s ways are not our ways. We can see that very clearly in today’s verse. The disciples were past begging Jesus not to leave, they were in absolute meltdown. There was no way they could imagine going on in their gospel mission without Him, that would be absolutely unthinkable. He had greater plans for them than they could ever imagine. There would not only be life and ministry after Jesus died, it would be better and greater than any of them could ever imagine. He was leaving, the Holy Spirit was coming, and peace that passes all comprehension would be their’s. Here are some thoughts from John Calvin on today’s verse.

“By the word peace he means prosperity, which men are wont to wish for each other when they meet or part; for such is the import of the word peace in the Hebrew language. He therefore alludes to the ordinary custom of his nation; as if he had said, I give you my Farewell. But he immediately adds, that this peace is of far greater value than that which is usually to be found among men, who generally have the word peace but coldly in their mouth, by way of ceremony, or, if they sincerely wish peace for any one, yet cannot actually bestow it. But Christ reminds them that his peace does not consist in an empty and unavailing wish, but is accompanied by the effect. In short, he says that he goes away from them in body, but that his peace remains with the disciples; that is, that they will be always happy through his blessing.”

The disciples would be more than happy with His blessing. Joy unspeakable was about to be their portion. When Christ was with them physically on earth thy were not much more than spectators to His works and teaching. They were about to be swallowed by the Holy Spirit themselves as they were thrust head long into an unthinkable ministry. Signs and wonders would be the order of the day as the whole world would be turned upside down in the days and years ahead. So maybe you have been asking the Lord for something and it just doesn’t seem to come to pass. Don’t be surprised when He does things in a little different, unexpected way. Hang on for dear life, I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

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