(Jon does these little devotionals all the time for lessons and so forth. I may be partial, but I think he puts together some good stuff. I tell him he should write his own blog. Until then, I get him to guest every so often. Be sure and drop him a comment or two.)
John 14-16 is the most intimate conversation between Jesus and His disciples. The betrayal and crucifixion are hours away and Jesus is trying to give last minute instructions and encouragement to His disciples. These are effectively his "last words" to them.
He starts the dialogue with, "Let not your hearts be troubled" (14:1) and ends with "I have spoken these things to you so that in Me you may have peace." (16:33) Beginning and ending with peace and comfort.
The promise of peace was not affected by:
- Lack of knowledge. The disciples didn't know where Jesus was going (14:5), didn't know that Jesus was God (14:8), and didn't know that Jesus was going to die (16:16).
- Failure to perform. Jesus told the disciples that at his betrayal, His followers would scatter (16:32)
- Christ's physical presence. Jesus was getting ready to leave and this was exactly the time He offered peace.
What is required for peace?
- The person of Christ. He is the vine (15:1). He has the ability to provide.
- The position with Christ. One condition of the peace is given in verse 33 where it says "in Me you may have peace". We have to be branches in the vine (15:2) Apart from Christ there is no peace.
- The promise from Christ. Because He is able, He can provide what He promises. Christ has promised peace to those in Him and He must be true to his word.
When have you felt His peace?