Peace and rest that the world can't give
by Marlin Caddell
March 2, 2016
John 14:25-31: 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 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. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
Since this entry is being written before the wake of “Super Tuesday”, I don’t know what the end result of that will be. If you look on social media, you’ll see woe and doom and gloom. Vote for this guy and things will be great! There will be peace in our time! Vote for the other guy, and all hope is lost! Nothing will ever be right again in the world.
We see candidates making promises of peace and security, establishing platforms they may or may not ever be able to keep. Throughout this process, in the middle of all the promises of peace, there’s a distinct lack of peace. There’s a distinct lack of security. Our hearts are definitely troubled. What’s the reason for that?
Ultimately, it’s because there’s only one true giver of peace. There’s only one true King, King Jesus, who can never be overthrown or voted out of His office. His Kingdom (that we are a part of) has no end and cannot ever be stopped (Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:32-33). It is this King who can truly make the promise of giving us His peace.
His peace isn’t fleeting or based on a whim. It’s based on the rock-solid character of His nature and by His immovable power, which He’ll demonstrate in just a few hours from the verses above when He takes the penalty for all our sins on the Cross and 3 days after that when He conquers death by rising from the grave!
Isaiah 26:3-4 says: You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Think about the unending love Jesus shows in these verses. He’s just about to be tortured and crucified. What is He focusing on in these verses? He’s telling them how He’ll give them His peace — not like the world gives. While the rest of the world is striving and struggling and hoping for peace, Jesus promises to just give peace to us — when we trust in Him. He gives us rest for our weary hearts that is beyond anything we can comprehend.
Philippians 4:6-7 says: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:15 says: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Again, the peace of Christ isn’t just a hoped-for peace by people looking at the world with rose-colored glasses. It is true peace that comes to us as we rest in the finished work of Christ on the Cross! The promised Holy Spirit, working in our lives to produce fruit and make us look more like Jesus, is the guarantee of that.
Ephesians 1:13-14: 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.