Sermon: My Peace I Leave with You John 14:25–31

My Peace I Leave with You

John 14:25–31 (ESV)

Truth Taught- Do not be troubled or afraid Jesus has given us His peace

Introduction

Jesus was within sight of the cross.  Literally hours away now and His concern was for His followers.  He could see through the suffering that He would endure to care for His sheep one last time.  How could Jesus seemingly be more concerned for His followers than for Himself?  How could He see through or past the cross to His followers?  How could He not be obsessed with focusing on His suffering?

Jesus had Peace.  He had the peace that only comes from a right relationship to His Father.  He had the peace that comes from being sinless before God.
Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Being in a close relationship to God through Jesus is how we too can experience Christ’s peace.  This is a peace which lifts us up out of this world, as it were, to experience the world to come.  When we do our cares in this life matter little because our focus is now on the Father.

Human Need

We are in great need of true and lasting peace.  We might try to find it in many different places, from bank accounts to houses to even insurance policies.  Lasting peace can only be found in one place…Jesus Christ

Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word which comes from God…

John 14:25–31 (ESV)

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.

  1. Godly Peace is Fueled by God’s Word

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.

Let’s dig a little deeper today to see and understand what it is Jesus is speaking about here.  Jesus promises to send them another Helper much like Himself.  A few verses before, Jesus said ask Me and I’ll ask the Father and He will send the Holy Spirit to be with you.

The first fulfillment of this promise is seen when these Apostles begin to write the New Testament.  Back in their day they didn’t have recorders or audio files to play back Jesus’ sayings.  They had to rely of God to help them remember what Jesus told them.  So God sends the Holy Spirit to stir up their memory and give them supernatural understanding in order to write God’s Word for future generations.
So, one major reason Jesus has His Father send the Holy Spirit is to aid in the writing of God’s Word, the New Testament…

So, what Paul tells us about the Old Testament…

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV)

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Is also true of the New Testament.
Paul tells us that in exactly the same way God breathed into Adam the breath of life and made him a living soul so to, He has breathed out His Word.  The Old Testament is inspired and produced by God’s breath as He spoke through various prophets through the Holy Spirit.  We see how the Holy Spirit worked in different men to produce God’s Word known as the Old Testament.

2 Peter 1:20–21 (ESV)

20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus understood the Old Testament to be God’s very Word…
Matthew 4:4 (ESV)

But he answered, “It is written,

       “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

So, what about the New Testament, is it also Scripture, the Word of God?

2 Peter 3:14–16 (ESV)

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

1 Timothy 5:18 (ESV)

18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Deut. 25:4 you shall not muzzle the ox and Luke 10:7 a laborer deserves his wages…

Just as God sent the Holy Spirit to a prophet in the OT to produce God’s Word so now at Jesus’ request, the Father will send the Holy Spirit and through the Apostles write God’s Word.  The Holy Spirit is sent to bring to memory the sayings of Jesus and to aid in the inerrant recording so we can have the entirety of God’s Word found in our Old and New Testaments.

If we are to have the type of peace Jesus has in mind for all His followers, it is fueled by the Holy Spirit who breathes life and peace into us as we partake of the Word or breath of God found in the Scriptures.

I’ve met with folks who claim to be Christians who tell me they have no peace.  I take them to this passage because either one of two things is wrong with them.  Either they are not really Christians therefore they can’t have the peace Jesus gives because they don’t have the Holy Spirit indwelling them or if they are Christians they do not read and study God’s Word.

It is in God’s Word we learn of what Jesus said.  It’s as if the Holy Spirit brings His Words back to our memory as well.  As we read the Word of God, God is breathing new life in us and we begin to experience peace.

2 Peter 1:2 (ESV)

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

  1. Godly Peace is Not the Peace the World Offers

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.

Jesus had peace.  Right in the midst of the hours leading up to the cross, He had peace.  He had perfect peace with His Father.  Peace in the Trinity is expected and almost a given.  Peace when man is concerned is nothing but a stage prop.

Human peace, like the world gives, is only there if it is fitting for the one drawing up the treaty.  An enemy about to be destroyed will vote for peace only until they can regain strength regroup and launch another attack.

The world’s peace may last as long as the circumstances are good.  That’s why the world is so into insurance.  Health insurance, car insurance, house insurance, insurance on insurance…the world knows that people are after peace and well, if they can cash in on our striving for a life free from trouble then so be it.

The peace God gives is real and lasting peace.  His peace does not ebb and flow depending on the circumstances.

God’s peace is fixed and eternally stable no matter what the circumstances…

John 16:33 (ESV)

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

The peace of God is going to stay with you even though you find yourself in the midst of tribulation and turmoil.

Our Lord’s peace from a human perspective doesn’t make sense.  How could Jesus have peace hours before the cross?  How could He have peace while in the Garden of Gethsemane sweating drops of blood?  His peace came from His direct connection and relationship to the Father.  As long as His relationship with the Father was intact so was His peace.

The same thing stands for us.  As long as our relationship to the Son exists so does our peace.  Trials come and go but our eternal connection to the Son is permanent, therefore so is our peace.

Philippians 4:4–7 (ESV)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So, Jesus doesn’t create peace for us but lets us in on the peace He has based on His relationship to His Father.  Because its God’s peace and not man’s it is far beyond human understanding.

Do you have unfailing, absolute peace?

  1. Godly Peace Focuses on the Father and the World to Come

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

 

We see by these verses that the greatest desire the Son has is to complete His mission, die for those the Father has given Him and return to the Father.  It is Christ dying on the cross that fulfills His mission.  He’s ready because He knows that this is what it is going to take to complete His mission and save His people.

Once this is over, He returns to His Father.  Our Lord tells His followers that this is ground for rejoicing.

Notice with me that for Jesus, His peace and His joy is centered on the Father.  As Jesus is near His Father His joy is increased and He has peace.  Because He is sharing His peace with us, ours increases, as we too are closer to the Father through the Son.

Our Joy and Peace do not come from the world but from God.  It’s not like the world gives but like what the Father gives.

Are you at peace and are you joyful?  As Christians these are in direct proportion to our closeness with God.  Sin promises happiness and peace but it deceives us.  Real happiness and peace come from being close to God not in a strained relationship with God that sin brings about.

Understand that Jesus has not only given us His peace but also His joy…

  1. Godly Peace Knows Who is in Control

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.

Jesus has told us this before…

At the identification of Judas as the betrayer Jesus tells us…

John 13:19 (ESV)

19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.

Same in verse 29 today.  God is in control of these events.  The cross is God’s eternal plan and the way of bringing sinners back to Himself.

Jesus wants all His people to know that the reason He could tell them about the events beforehand and the reason they come to pass as He said is because He is God and He not only knows the future as well as the past but literally creates the future according to His decree.

It might look like Satan is in charge…
30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming

Satan ruled the world according to sin and Jesus tells His followers that he is coming and it will look like he’s in control and that he has power but he doesn’t.

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

Remember what Jesus told us in last week’s text?

John 14:23 (ESV)

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Do you see the pattern here?  Jesus obeys the Father and the world knows He loves the Father and in the same way He tells us to obey Him because this is how we show love to Jesus.

How ready is Jesus to fulfill His Father’s command?  Rise, let us go from here.

Let’s do it!  This is what our Lord is telling His disciples.  Let’s aggressively embrace My Father’s will.  I want to see it through because I want to see Him.
Application

Key verse-

John 14:27 (ESV)

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.

Peace is resting in God’s sovereignty.  The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life is deep and lasting peace.  Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance.  With Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.  If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace.[1]

So if you find yourself void of Christ’s peace than ask…

–How much am I really reading and meditating on God’s Word?

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.

–Am I living my life focused on stuff, man’s opinion, for worldly things or am I drawing closer to God all the time?

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

Do I realize who is really in charge of all circumstances?

29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

Jesus has left His peace with us just like He left us the Holy Spirit.  I pray you are experiencing the presence of peace and the Spirit daily.

 

[1] Handbook of Bible Application page 451

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