THE PEACE OF CHRIST

Scripture Reading: John 16:26-33

“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.” (John 16:33)

The disciples of Jesus were confused and sorrowful. Jesus told them that He was going to leave them and go to the Father — “Because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts” (16:6). Jesus went on to tell them that it was to their advantage for Him to go so that He could send the Holy Spirit — “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to You. But if I go, I will send Him to you” (16:7). Jesus was preparing the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus came to His disciples in their confusion and sorrow and said — “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace.” Peace, like joy, is a fruit of the Spirit of God. We can have peace even during times of confusion and sorrow. Peace is an inward work of the the Spirit. It is the peace that we can experience because we are in union with Christ, which is why Jesus said — “that IN ME you may have peace.” Earlier Jesus told the disciples — “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, never let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

The peace that Jesus promises is far more than the absence of conflict. It is the shalom of God. Shalom implies flourishing. The concept of shalom carries the idea of great blessings. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Take time to read Ephesians 1:3-14, where Paul writes about these blessings. We are deeply loved by the Father (v. 27) and are greatly blessed by Him. We know that Jesus is with us and in us. We are never alone!

The disciples were facing troubles and trials, and so are we. We will continue to experience seasons of trouble until Jesus comes again — “In the world you will have tribulation.” This is a fact because we live in a broken, fallen world. But the comfort and assurance is that Jesus has overcome the world. He is victorious and we can have His peace. To obtain this peace, we must focus on the fact that Jesus is with us and that the Father has blessed us beyond all measure. He enables us to flourish, even during times of tribulation and trials. Jesus gives us His peace — “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, You have promised to give me Your peace. I know when I experience it that my heart will not be troubled and it will not be afraid. Thank You for the shalom that You have brought upon me. I know I am blessed beyond all measure. I know that Your peace will guard my heart and my mind. I know that I can face whatever tribulation comes my way, because You have overcome the world.

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