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.
In the previous chapter of John, Jesus had told the disciples He would be leaving their earthly presence soon. As you could image, they were devastated. They had dedicated their lives to Him, seen and done the miraculous, walked day and night with the Son of God, and now, in their minds, it was all coming to an end. Jesus reassures them, though, that God will send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to teach them further truths, remind them of Jesus’s teachings, and guide them as they spread the Gospel message. With this declaration, Jesus speaks verse 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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
What we must realize today is the true meaning of this statement. The word “peace” is used in many forms today, so much so that it sometimes loses value. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, which has a much deeper, richer meaning. Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, safety, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest and harmony. Sounds good, right? Jesus offers this shalom to all who believe in Him, regardless of the events of the world around us. Jesus desires that we seek Him and abide in His teachings so we can experience this supernatural peace in our lives.
This is a daily habit we must practice in our lives because, as you know, there are days when we will need this peace once, and there are days when we will need peace multiple times every hour. The rhythm of our lives needs to be communication with and focus on Jesus, so that our peace is not shaken when life hits us full force. My prayer for you this week is to make quiet time for yourself, turn on some worship music, close your eyes and listen. That’s it…just listen. In the solitude of that moment, whether it’s ten minutes or an hour, I pray that you will experience the peace promised to us.