Friday, 21 May 2021
Peace I Give to You
By: Chow Ee-Tan
“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 (ESV)
This verse always reminds me of a song by The Maranatha Singers, with simple and yet reassuring lyrics.
“My peace I give unto you,
It’s a peace that the world cannot give,
It’s a peace that the world cannot understand,
Peace to know, peace to live
My peace I give unto you.”
So what is this reassuring peace that Jesus gives?
Peace, as we know it today, can mean so many things in various contexts. Peace can mean an absence of wars or conflicts; it can also mean a state of harmony and cordiality between certain parties; or it can simply be a state of tranquility and serenity.
How is Christ’s peace different from these? Jesus says that the peace that He gives is not the same as the peace that the world gives. So the world’s understanding of peace, and the peace it offers us, cannot match up to what Jesus gives us. This is because the peace that Jesus gives can only be found by believing in Him as our Lord and Saviour.
It’s through Christ’s finished work of redemption, where He became the propitiation for our sins that we can make peace with God. As God’s children, we have peace that does not depend on circumstances, but is rooted in our relationships with God. The peace that we now have is part of Christ’s own perfect peace, for we are now in union with Him and we can also enjoy precious communion with God our Father.
Good news is, just as the gift of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ gift of His peace to His disciples more than 2,000 years ago still applies to His followers today. Each of us, who have been saved through faith in our Lord Jesus, have this wonderful peace that takes up permanent dwelling in our inner beings.
But Jesus did not promise that our lives will be all well even with God’s peace in us. In fact, H e warns that we will face distress and troubles in this turbulent world, as He told His disciples on the night before His crucifixion: “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.Yes, we can take heart because/ Jesus’ resurrection had conquered sin and death.
When Jesus gave His peace to His disciples, He told them not to be troubled nor be afraid. It is an indirect reminder for all to trust God completely because He is in control of all situations. Being His children, we can cast all our worries and troubles to our all-knowing, all powerful and sovereign God. When the Spirit in us realizes this truth, our hearts’ trouble and fear will ,be lifted away, and we can experience the true peace of God that transcends all understanding.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
Every time the troubles of this world overwhelm me, I would turn to God and claim this precious gift of peace that Jesus has promised. While I’m thankful that I have this peace in me, I know I can’t take it for granted for I did not earn it. It is a gift from our loving God.
I believe that having the legacy of His peace should move us to share the Gospel to a world in darkness and clamour. As God’s children who have His peace, let us reach out to others so that more can come to know Jesus and experience the true peace that He alone can give.
Prayer: Father God, thank You I am saved by my faith in Jesus and now have Your peace residing in my heart. Thank You for this wonderful peace that transcends all understanding, a true inner peace that a broken and fallen world cannot give. I pray that You would use me to reach out to others who do not know Jesus yet, so that they can be reconciled to You once again and experience Your wonderful peace. May Your Holy Spirit continue to dwell in me for the rest of my life as I walk closely with You. I thank You and pray in Jesus’ most wonderful name, Amen.
约翰福音 14：27 我留下平安给你们，我将我的平安赐给你们。我所赐的不像世人所赐的，你们心里不要忧愁，也不要胆怯。
这节经文总是让我想起The Maranatha! Singers 的一首歌，歌词简单又令人安心。
“应当一无挂虑，只要凡事借着祷告、祈求和感谢，将你们所要的告诉神。 神所赐出人意外的平安，必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念。” （腓4:6-7）