John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
NLT says “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
What is this peace that Jesus is talking about? What do you think "peace" means? The dictionary explains peace as freedom from disturbance. Sometimes, it is also referred to as tranquillity, calmness, quietness or even an absence of war.
Was that the peace Jesus said He was leaving with us? Obviously not!! Because today’s world is full of uncertainty, fear of war, fear of an economy crash and job losses, fear of natural disasters and many other fears. Most people don’t need such major global issues to become fearful or worried. They are usually worried and in despair with more down to earth issues such as financial challenges, marriage problems, children gone astray and poverty.
Jesus said “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you”. “My Peace”…he said My peace I give to you. Can you imagine Jesus Himself ever being worried about anything? Can you imagine Jesus being fearful? Can you imagine Jesus being anxious and tensed not knowing how He was going to heal the blind man? How about raising Lazarus from the dead? Do you think He worried about how He was going to do it? Or perhaps when He walked on water. Do you think He was worried about drowning then? No my friends, He was always at peace. He was always confident and always in control and in charge. That very same peace that He had, He said He gives to us.
Question is: How do you receive that peace?
Friends, let me ask you something. How did you get saved? You simply believed that Jesus laid down His life on behalf of you. You simply believed that His shed blood has cleansed you from all your unrighteousness. You simply believed that He rose from the dead and is alive today and that He is coming again. That’s how you got saved. So also I urge you to simply believe that you don’t have to be worried about anything at all. Why? Because Jesus has given you His peace. Not peace as the world thinks of it, but His peace.
You say “But Santosh”, you don’t understand!! My marriage is falling apart, I have a huge debt to pay and I am in a financial mess or my business is in trouble, etc. How can I be at peace? I can’t even sleep well at night.
Friends, without sounding arrogant or prideful, but in all humility; let me tell you this. You do not realize WHO you are as a Christian. Hence the lack of peace in your life. If you knew who it is Jesus has made you into, it would be impossible for you to stay worried.
The immediate next verse after Jesus said “My peace I give to you”; He talks about Him leaving us and He says if we loved Him, we would be happy that He was going…..!!! John 14:28 Why?
Why would the disciples be happy that Jesus was leaving them? It doesn’t make sense! But read on…in verse 28
Notice, He said I am going to “the” Father and not “My” Father. That’s interesting isn’t it! Up until now, He always referred to God in Heaven as His Father. To us God was God, but to Him, God was His Father. Now He says “the” Father.
Now look at John 20:17. This is “after” Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to Mary at the tomb where He was buried.
John 20:17 – Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.
Wow! His Father and our Father? His God and our God?
There is so much in just that one verse. But in a nutshell, when Jesus bled and died, all of our sins were paid for. With Jesus’ resurrection; Satan was utterly and completely defeated. We no longer are separate from God. Sin was no longer an issue. The once and for all sacrifice for sin was offered and we were all reconciled with God. In other words, we that believe were all welcomed to the family of God, which makes Jesus’ Father, our Father too. That makes you all (readers) my brothers and sisters. We are family.
So then, the very God; the Almighty God who created everything around you is actually your Father……He for whom nothing is impossible…He is your Father. God Himself, who is all powerful and owns everything under the sun, including the sun and the rest of the universe….He is your Father. And you say you are worried? Do you see the truth now? If God be for us, who can be against us.
Friends, worry and anxiety comes in when you stop believing that you are in fact a child of God, with God Himself as your Father. When you forget the relationship of Father to Son and Father to daughter and begin to see yourself as separate to God, then the raging waves around you in life begin to induce fear, anxiety and worry. Remember, how Peter walked on water initially when his eyes were fixed on Jesus, but then he began to drown when he looked at the wind and the waves?
This amazing truth wasn’t made known to people before Jesus rose from the dead. So then, it makes sense that Jesus comforted them all through the years He was with them. Jesus knew perfectly well who He was and who His Father was. That’s why He was always at peace, in control and in charge. What did He have to worry about? His Father was God Himself. Now His Father is our Father as well. We ought to have the same peace He had. This is why He said, My peace, I give to you.
We actually proclaim God is all powerful and that He can do anything. We even proclaim that God is with us, He will never leave us nor forsake us, and He is always with us. God Almighty, who created the heavens and the earth by simply speaking, He Himself is with us and we are His children. We say all these things, but we don’t really believe it. Why else would we not be at peace? If you really believed what you say you believe, then you would also experience Jesus' peace in all situations.
You say “But Santosh, that is like an ideal situation. Life is not ideal." But is it? Or is it actually the truth? Isn’t the bible the word of God? Isn’t it the truth? Yes it is my friends. Learn to not live by experiences you go through in this world. Instead, learn to live by the word of God, which is the truth. Your life experience says “You are poor and unable to provide for your family”. But the truth says “the Lord Jesus Christ, though He was rich became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich”. – 2 Cor 8:9. Your life experience says “Nobody loves me”. But the truth says “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5) and “Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ”. – Rom 8:38,39. Your life experience says "I am sick and there is nothing I can do. I might even die and I have no hope." But the truth says Jesus Himself bore all our sicknesses. By His wounds, we were healed. What do you really believe? Your life experiences or the truth which is the word of God? Learn to live by the truth friends, not by life experiences. Then you will also live like Christ did, with the peace of God in all situations, in charge and in control.
Usually in this world, our minds are restless because we are constantly trying to do/achieve something. Remove that restlessness from our lives and then there is nothing to think about or worry about. The world’s system of life has led us into thinking that having nothing to worry about is abnormal, but God says that’s the normal. Have you noticed that almost all of your personal miracles and personal experiences of God coming through for you, have been mostly at times when you gave up struggling or were at peace with whatever the outcome? Either way, the miracle was when you were at peace.
All miracles in the bible,including healing's have been when people had nowhere to turn except to Jesus. When people tried everything they could and couldn’t find a solution, they gave up, stopped struggling and turned to Jesus. That’s when the miracle happened. Miracles happen when you are at peace.
When you realize who you are in Christ, who your Father is and when you are confident because you KNOW your Father is God Himself, that’s when you experience Jesus’ peace in you and that’s when you experience the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
In the story of Job, Job kept complaining to God about why He had to suffer so much and he kept talking. Listen to what God said to Job in Job 33:31 – Give ear Job, listen to me, Hold your peace, and I will speak. And then in Job 33:33 – If not listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.
See, if you wish to hear God speak to you, then hold your peace. You hear God’s voice when you are at peace.
Phil 4:6 : Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
You know who your Father is. So why are you anxious? Be at peace friends. Simply ask your Father for what you want. He loves you and He will answer you. Sometimes, through a miracle and at other times He will tell you what to do. Either way, you will hear from God, your Father when you are at peace.
Matthew 6:25 – Do not worry about your life…
Isa 26:3 – You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.
Jesus said His peace He gave to us. Are you enjoying that peace? If not, it is time to receive His peace friends. Realize that you are a child of God, the same God who was and is Father to your Lord Jesus Christ. That same God is your Father too. The God who created the entire universe and owns literally everything, that same God is your Father. You are a citizen of heaven. You belong to God’s family. You cannot be discouraged, depressed and in despair when God Himself is your Father. This is what the truth is according to the bible friends. Do you believe it? If yes, then His peace is yours this moment on. Do you feel it already?
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Two individuals came to Jesus, each with a deep spiritual problem. One found life, but the other lost it. What was the difference?
The first person was a rich young ruler who approached the Lord with the most burning question of his heart: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18).
He was not seeking a religious debate as so many others did. He honestly wanted to know. When Jesus listed five of the commandments, the young man replied that he had a perfect record in keeping them all. Christ simply responded to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor . . . and come, follow Me” (Luke 18:22). Scripture tells us that the rich ruler went away sorrowful (Matthew 19:22).
The second man (Luke 19:2 – 19:8) was also rich, but he had gained his wealth by shamelessly defrauding others. Zacchaeus was a well-known crook. When Jesus came to his house, He said nothing to the man about selling his house or giving his money away. Amazingly, Zacchaeus freely made the decision to give half of his possessions to the poor and restore four times the amount he stole to everyone he’d cheated.
What was it that compelled Zacchaeus to respond so differently than the rich young ruler?
When Zacchaeus saw Christ, he saw the pearl of great price. He saw in Him everything, all things, completion. Zacchaeus realized that all things pertaining to life including provision, health, joy, peace and fullness of life is in Christ alone. He realized, If I have Him, I can easily give away everything. What else do I need?
But when the young ruler saw Jesus, he didn’t see that pearl of great price. If we could know what his thoughts were that day, I imagine most of them were focused on what he would be giving up, more than what he would gain in Christ. His security was in his riches.
Proverbs 18:11 - The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. NLT
The rich man wanted religion and was confident that he could go through religious rituals and earn his way into heaven and eternal life. Jesus, being God in the flesh was able to see his heart and addressed the issue asking him to give up the false sense of security in his wealth.
We very often make the same mistake as the rich young ruler. Most of us truly want to follow Christ and experience His abundant life. Most of us truly desire to see miracles, healings and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. But subconsciously we focus on what we may have to give up and are afraid to let go of those things we have relied on for so long. The material things of this world gives us a "false sense of security" which we cling on to. We call it "being wise" "being practical", and make up other terms to explain it away. Ever tried "being foolish for the Lord"? Ever tried "letting go of things this world clings on to"?
I challenge you to try it. Try walking out into the street, pick a random person who appears to be lonely, discouraged and in despair. Invite him/her to lunch. For a change, don't worry about the money you'll have to spend. Don't worry about what your friends will think. Just be foolish and do something contrary to the world. Treat the person to a sumptuous lunch. Just sit with the person and talk about life and love the person. If you get a chance, talk about your faith in the Lord and what He has done for you. Bless the person and leave. Don't expect anything in return. Tell me thereafter that you don't feel more alive!!! Examine yourself thereafter. If you are cringing at the money spent, then you know where your heart is. If you are feeling alive and joyful like never before, praise the Lord. You've got it!!!
I believe the Lord looks for that “one thing” we grasp so tightly and depend on. It could be anything: our strength, our abilities, our education, a meaningful relationship, our years of Christian experience, our connections, the good reputation we have established, our position, our extraordinary discernment and other spiritual gifts, our plans for marriage or the things of this world. What is your "one thing" (or many things) that you are clinging on to? For the rich young ruler, it was his wealth.
As long as we hold on to that one thing in which we trust, we will never be able to surrender fully to Christ. Such lack of intimacy with the Lord often results in frustration and discouragement. In addition, that one thing will be a constant hindrance for the rivers of living water to flow freely out from us and give life to others.
How do we recognize the “one thing” that we are clinging on to? We will know it by the discouragement, tension, bitterness, frustration and irritation that fill our hearts, when that “one thing” is tampered with. Is it your money? Is it your relationship with someone? Is it your position or name? God will open our eyes, and we will recognize it if we truly desire to. We will then have the grace to surrender it to the Lord, not by looking at what we are letting go, but by looking at all that we are gaining in Christ— the pearl of great price.
Luke 14:26 - If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters - yes, even their own life - such a person cannot be my disciple.
You see, if “our riches,” that which we value most, is the Lord Jesus and what we have in Him, then no raging storm can cause any disturbance. I believe the Lord wants us to live in a continual state of seeing Him as "all sufficient" and being content in Him alone. Those whose life is full of joy and in the unhindered presence of the Lord are the ones who experience a continuous feast on Him. Nothing else will matter to them, and abandonment to Christ alone is their obvious choice.
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I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.