A global pandemic, economic uncertainty. and riots in our streets. This is not a peace filled time. With so much turmoil, where do we look?
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, but we will not experience world peace until Jesus returns. What are we to do until Jesus returns, or he calls us home to heaven to be with him?
Jesus gave us the answer in John 14:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
The peace the world gives is temporary and fleeting. It is based on external circumstances that can change quickly.
The peace Jesus gives is a peace within. It is being at peace in our spirits and souls because of Jesus even when the world is crazy all around us.
Jesus used the phrase- “Do not let your hearts be troubled” twice in John 14. In John 14 he was preparing his disciples, followers, for his death, resurrection, ascension to heaven and his guarantee of returning.
Imagine being one of his disciples. They saw the numerous miracles he performed. They saw him take authority over death and demons on many occasions. He was their teacher. He was the one who mentored them and lifted them up to be so much more than what they could have been on their own. Yet here he was telling them that he was going to be crucified and would ascend to the Father in heaven. They would have experienced a lot of inner turmoil.
It is in that context that Jesus said- “Do not let you hearts be troubled.”
Jesus is always with us in the storms of life. He will never leave us. He has not abandoned or forgotten us. He has given us the Holy Spirit. He will return for us one day. In the meantime, he wants us to show his love to ALL people. We can do so with the peace that only he can give in our hearts.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.