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.
Once again, in the same chapter as it comes to a close, we have Do not let your hearts be troubled. This time He adds and do not be afraid. However, He prefaces that with Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives which is the key to the entire verse.
Twice He mentions peace, first Peace I leave with you followed by My peace I give you. A third peace is implied when He continues and says I do not give to you as the world gives. What does He not give as the world gives? Peace! Some versions actually mention the peace that is implied here.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
I leave behind with you—peace; I give you My own peace and My gift is nothing like the peace of this world. You must not be distressed and you must not be daunted.
While our focus in this series is on the heart, this peace Jesus is giving His disciples is what makes it possible for their hearts not to be troubled. So let’s look at the word used for peace and its meanings.
It is Strong’s G1515, with the transliteration of eirēnē. Looking at the Outline of Bible Usage here we find the following definitions or usages that seem to fit especially the last two when we think of the peace He gives His disciples.
- Peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord
- Security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous)
- Of the Messiah’s peace – the way that leads to peace (salvation)
- Of Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is
With Jesus telling His disciples He is leaving His peace with them, it is no wonder He tells them Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid as He prepares to depart with them to the Garden of Gethsemane where He will be arrested, then later tried, flogged and crucified. This is the Lord we serve, as He prepares to depart for what He knows awaits Him, He goes about setting His disciples’ minds at ease – at peace.
He concludes by saying
28 You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave.
Those last five words, Come now; let us leave strike me as if He is almost impatient to be about the work His Father has set before Him, to die for our sins. He comforts His disciples with words of love, and then says, Hey we need to get a move on here, I have to be about My Father’s business (my paraphrase). They are all sitting so it is no surprise many of the translations have Arise or Get up and one even has Get up! Let’s get going! He could not wait to save us, that is the God we serve.