“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” -John 14:27
Jesus never spent one day of His life on this earth as an insecure individual. Did things happen that were seen as circumstantially bad? Yes, and they occurred often during the earthly ministry of Jesus. He was even teaching in His hometown Synagogue when His own family and neighbors became so angry that they tried to throw Him off a cliff. That's enough to make anybody feel insecure in some way.
Jesus is not in a hurry much, and the only time we find Jesus hurrying would be to prove the love and acceptance of the Father. Zaccheus comes to mind.
Hurry, stress and worry weren't even facets of how people described the life and demeanor of Jesus of Nazareth. Much less the risen Christ with all authority and power.
He humbled himself and became a servant. Yet, He did not have the insecurity and unrest that we find ourselves to often possess in our day-to-day life.
Jesus also made this available to us. Not just peace in a momentary fulfillment of pleasure like after eating a good Thanksgiving meal and watching the football game afterward. Even though that is some good peace if I do say so myself!
The events recorded in John 14 reveal to us the disciples of Jesus were afraid. Their hearts were troubled, and they didn’t know what to think when Jesus broke the news to them about the redemptive plan of the cross He would soon accomplish. The previous conversation with Peter was rough at best. The discussion was turning to people laying down their lives and death. Jesus was speaking to them in no uncertain terms here, and things were starting to get scary.
What they lacked was the belief that Jesus was enough to still their hearts and minds just as He did the waters when He calmed the storm.
In fact, I love the story of Jesus calming the storm. The professional fishermen were up on the top deck freaking out, scared for their lives just as I would be, and Jesus is asleep in the bottom of the boat. ASLEEP! That is straight-up security and peace. The storm was beating the boat to pieces, but within the boat, there was Jesus, fast asleep.
Jesus Gives Peace
Believer, His peace is already available to you, because His peace and security is already within you. You dont have to perform any rituals or rules to have His peace. He offered it to us freely!
Remind yourself of why and how we already have this peace.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. ...And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; ...I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. ...Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." -John 14:1, 16, 18, 27 KJV
Jesus said the peace He possesses is available through trust. Trust in what? Jesus made the point clear in verse 1 of the above passage. We simply trust Jesus. He left His peace here 2,000 years ago for everyone that believes in Him. Is He enough for you to have peace? YES!
He promised that He would not leave us without comfort, but that His Spirit would come to us, be with us, and never leave us!
Now, what do we do? Just rest! Rest in Jesus, and His finished work.
He loves you.
He is for you.
He is proud of you.
Get some rest, and trust Jesus!