Scripture Reading: John 14:25-31
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. The peace He offers is something that we experience inwardly. It is the “peace that transcends understanding” (Philippians 4:7). People can experience Christ’s peace when there is every human reason not to have peace. It is something that cannot be explained.
Christ’s peace is the peace that originates within Him. Peace is one of His attributes and part of His nature. It is Christ’s gift to His people. It is not something that we can create ourselves. It is based on the firm conviction that Jesus gave His life for us and surely He will protect and provide for us. Because of His peace our hearts do not need to be troubled or afraid.
The peace Jesus speaks of is not simply a freedom from conflict. It is the shalom of God. Shalom (peace) carries the idea of of flourishing — “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12). Christ’s shalom enables us to have joy and to experience life in its fullness.
We all want to experience peace. However we do not always have it. The key to finding the peace of Christ is to spend time with Him in prayer and meditation. It comes when we rest in His promises and experience His presence within us. He is always with us!
Jesus also said this about His peace — “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Notice that we cannot experience this peace unless we are in Christ, in union with Him. We should expect pain, sorrow, conflict and difficulties in this world. Yet in the midst of them we can still have the peace of Christ. The key is to believe what Christ has promised us, and in the end we will have His peace.
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, I come to You seeking Your peace. I am facing many concerns and I confess that I get anxious and fearful at times. You told me not to let my heart be troubled nor let it be afraid. Remind me of Your presence within me and of Your promises to me. I know that You will protect me and provide for my needs. I rest in You, Lord Jesus. You are my peace.
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