” 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. Remember what I told you; I am going away, but I will come back to you again.” John 14:27,28 NLT
Jesus was talking with eleven of His disciples, gathered in an upper room after their last Passover supper together when He said these words. And how they needed to hear them! Jesus was leaving them, being betrayed by one of the twelve, and they were struggling with an overwhelming sadness as they listened to His parting instructions.
So often, we claim Jesus’ promise of the gift of peace, thinking that it means “peaceful circumstances.” But Jesus did not promise that; in fact, He clearly stated that we will have troubles in this world.
Jesus promises “peace of mind and heart”, a peace that the world is completely unable to give. In the midst of all the troubles of this world, and the added troubles and persecutions we face as a result of the world’s hatred of Jesus, He gives us peace in our hearts and minds. He gives the peace of knowing that He is with us and will never leave us, that nothing can happen to us that is beyond His control, and that He loves us and will take us through. He gives us the assurance of the ultimate victory, and with it, the strength to carry on until the end.
Without Jesus, there is no real peace, even in the midst of the most peaceful circumstances; with Jesus, there is peace of heart and mind, even in the midst of the battle.