Jesus gives peace as he prepares to depart.
Last week, we discussed Jesus on a mission to make a way for us to be restored back to a direct relationship with God. Because of God the Son, we gained salvation. We gained restoration. We gained peace in our reconciliation with God. As we grasp the fact that we can go directly to God, and that God is for us and wants to be in relationship with us, our perspective should begin to shift. Our hope and faith should start to increase. We do not need to be afraid, stressed out, bitter, or negative when we have peace with God.
We know that Jesus did not stay on earth. He was crucified, died for our sins, was resurrected from the dead, and later ascended to Heaven. God in his faithfulness had a plan that required Jesus to leave, but that did not mean leaving us alone.
John 14:16-17 — And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (NLT)
John 14:26-27 — But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “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.(NLT)
So what happened to peace?
Peace is still readily available to all believers. Peace is produced in the lives of believers through the Holy Spirit. We established earlier in this series that God is peace. All the parts of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) bring about peace.
Galatians 5:22-23 — But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT)
The difference that we now experience is that the peace is no longer an external concept, but is internal to us because the Holy Spirit resides in those God recognizes as His children (believers and followers of Christ).
The gift of the Holy Spirit is for you.
Acts 2:38-39 — Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”(NLT)
Some translations refer to “those far away” as those in the future. That means the Holy Spirit is still for you too. If you want more peace in your life, then ask God for his Holy Spirit.
Luke 11:13 — So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”(NLT)
When you believe and receive that the Holy Spirit is for you, then prepare to be filled with peace and a new boldness replacing fear. You’ll gain a confidence not in self but in God and that brings peace.
Romans 8:14-16 — For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.(NLT)
If God says something is for you, it’s for you. He gives his forgiveness, his love, his guidance, and more. He gives of himself, the Holy Spirit to live in us and walk with us throughout anything we go through in life.
We have peace because we have hope.
Romans 5:5 – And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (NLT)
Romans 15:13 – I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are transformed through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit produces peace in us for our good and for the glory of God himself.