Christian Fellowship 1996-12-16 - The Peace of Christ

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you."

This conversation that John records between Christ and His disciples starts at John 13:31 and ends at the end of John 16. It is a very affectionate and it is the last discourse Christ had with His disciples before His death. These verses are special because they are, in a sense, Christ's dying words. It is here that Christ tells His disciples that He is going away and we can imagine that this fact made the disciples very sad. The words of this verse are given as comfort to the disciples. One thing is evident in this expression, Peace I leave with you. It is apparent that while Christ was with the disciples He had been their comfort--their peace. His promise to them is that even though He is leaving them, He is not taking with Him the peace they have enjoyed while He has been with them.

My peace I give to you:

  1. The peace that Christ gives is His own. He probably had very little silver or gold, if any. It appears from the gospel accounts that while Christ was in His humiliated form as human, He was poor. Luke 9:58 "The foxes have holes, the birds of the air have their nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay His head." He had no earthly estate to leave to anyone, but what He had to give was peace.
  2. It was His peace that he gave. My peace means that the peace that Christ gave was the very peace that He Himself enjoyed. In this discourse Christ also says, "These things I have said to you that my joy might remain in you" (John 15:11). This is the last will and testament of Christ to those who were closest to Him. In His will Christ bequeathed to His disciples His peace.

Well here is the ultimate question. Christ gave this peace to the disciples. Does this apply to us as well? When Christ said to His disciples, My peace I give to you, was he also speaking to 20th century believers? The answer is that the peace of Christ is for all the saints. All followers of Christ are given the peace of Christ. This is because believers in Scripture are represented as Christ's children.

Hebrews 2:11-14 "Behold, I and the children who God has given Me".

The promises and blessings of being in Christ are for all the followers of Christ. The saints, Inherit His kingdom (Luke 22:29); reign on His throne (Rev.3:21); and possess His glory (John 17). These promises are for all believers just as the peace of Christ is also.

The peace of Christ is infinitely different than the peace that the world offers. The peace of the world is like a dream. There lacks the one thing necessary in the peace that the world offers, that is, reality. The foundation of Christs' peace is everlasting. Time and change can do nothing to the peace Christ offers. The body dies, Christs' peace remains.

"The godly man, when he dies, "enters into peace" (Isaiah 57:2); but while he lives, peace must enter into him."--Thomas Watson

Sol Duo Gloria,