April 3, 2017 – Monday
Read: John 14:26 – 29, TLB
Focus: v. 27, TLB
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Chapter 14 of John is a spectacular combination of comfort, sadness, doubt, confusion, instruction, encouragement – it is all there in 31 verses, and it is a good chapter to memorize, if you are so inclined. Jesus is using His last few minutes alone with His disciples to prepare them for what the next hours would bring. He wants them to know that He is leaving to prepare a final resting place for them. They cannot go there with Him, yet, but He will come back again one day to take them to be with Him. He lets them know that He is sending them a comforter to be with them in His place. The comforter will help them to do good in Jesus’ name, help them to know and understand truth and remind them of what Jesus had taught them. Best of all, Jesus tells them that He is giving them peace of mind and heart to sustain them in all that they will face. They will not always understand what is going on but if they remember that He gives them peace they will make it through!
Peace is something everyone is looking for. We just all seem to look in different directions to find it! The peace the world offers can only be fragile and never lasting. The peace that Jesus gives is from His Father God, the source of real truth and love! The Holy Spirit in us will make all these things known to us as we seek Him. We have not been left alone, or as orphans in a storm (verse 18) – and Jesus will come again, in the Father’s good time. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid – He is still with us, but in a more complete way!
**The title is based on the song “Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome in this Place.“