June 14, 2021 – Monday
John 14:27 NIV
27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 CJB
27 “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you My shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.
The first thing that jumps out at me in Jesus’ words above is that He is not simply leaving peace/shalom with His disciples (and us), but His peace. In the EXB (the Expanded Bible) we find the following note, the Greek word for “peace” reflects the Hebrew shalom, a typical Hebrew farewell; but Jesus’ peace, in the sense of wholeness, is also a characteristic of the messianic kingdom. Thus, His peace is heavenly peace that would go beyond any peace we would not know outside of knowing Him.
Going beyond the EXB, Morgan writes, He carefully described the peace as ‘My peace.’ His peace was a heart untroubled and unfearful in spite of all the suffering and conflict ahead of Him. He knows He is going to the cross to be crucified and that prior to that He will be flogged by the Romans using the Roman Scourge. The scourging or flogging was almost as terrible as the crucifixion. Yet Jesus talked about leaving His peace with His disciples and us.
Jesus also said about His peace, I don’t give the way the world gives. Guzik writes about how Jesus gives peace compared to how the world does, When someone in that ancient culture said peace as they departed, they said it without any special meaning. It was like when we say goodbye. Literally that means, God be with you – but we don’t really mean it that way. Jesus wanted them to know that when He said peace I leave with you, it wasn’t in the casual, empty way that most people said it. The peace of this world is often based on distraction or deliberate blindness and lies. Jesus offers a better peace, a real peace. And that this peace, the peace of Jesus Himself. This is the peace of God the Son, with His complete trusting love in God the Father.
Jesus begins this chapter by saying Do not let your hearts be troubled (NIV). He ends our verse for today with the same, Do not let your hearts be troubled, and then adds, and do not be afraid. Ellicott’s Commentary notes that, The word here rendered “be afraid” occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It points especially to the cowardice of fear. The Cambridge Bible adds this, The word for ‘be afraid’ is frequent in the LXX. but occurs nowhere else in the NT. ‘Be fearful’ is the literal meaning. Nonetheless, Matthew Poole states, Fear is one of those passions which most usually and potently doth disturb the hearts and minds of men; but there was no reason it should have this ill influence on Christ’s disciples, because He had left them peace for His legacy, and the gifts of God are without repentance; and, if God be for us, (Romans 8:31), who or what, can be against us?
Finally, a thought on the world’s or mankind’s peace. It is an illusion. It has no lasting power or reality. The only real peace we can really have and know is that which we obtain through Jesus when we accept His offer of salvation. He comforts us. He promised and gave us the Holy Spirit. We have the hope of eternal life because of Him. Know Jesus, Know Peace as some have said.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Let me always dwell in the peace Jesus has given us. Let my heart never be so troubled and fearful that I lose sight of the peace He has given and promised. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.