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 14:14 NIV
Jesus is speaking with his disciples and tells them that he is going away but that he will return. He also tells them a remarkable truth that they don’t seem to understand fully. He reveals to them that He and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. This is the essence of the trinity. They couldn’t understand the concept and they were his closest followers. We should not expect to fully understand it either. It is just something that we must accept.
Jesus tells the disciples that not only is He one with the Father but that the disciples are also one with Him. This means that the Father is also in them and similarly in us as followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is in us, we are in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father.
Because of this amazing, unexplainable truth, Jesus tells the disciples and us that He is leaving us with peace. Mind you, not the fleeting peace of the world that is ignited by any bit of trouble, but a lasting peace.
You see, before Jesus came on the scene, there was a war between God and you. God’s holiness and your sinfulness cannot coexist. By Jesus coming into the world and becoming the ultimate scape goat for your past, present, and future sins, the war is now over. The final battle for your soul has been won. This is not a cease-fire. This is the ultimate victory on Jesus’ part over our sin. That war is over. He won. He has given the peace treaty and that is based on our surrender.
Why should my heart be troubled? The peace is secure and everlasting; I am no longer an enemy of God. I am now under the new kingdom, adopted as His child, not as a conquered slave but as a citizen of the eternal nation of God.
Why should I be afraid of anything? He has conquered everything and not only that, He will be the everlasting king on the throne of the universe forever. I am on His side, not the losing side. This being so, I am victorious because He is victorious.