“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). This marvelous word from Jesus had to amaze the disciples. In their eyes, it was an almost unbelievable promise: Christ’s peace was to become their peace. These twelve men had marveled at the peace they had witnessed in Jesus for the past three years. Their Master was always calm, never afraid, never ruffled by any circumstance. And now Jesus was promising them this very same peace!
Then Jesus added, “Not as the world gives do I give to you” (same verse). This was not the peace of a numb, zoned-out society nor the temporary peace of the very rich who try to purchase peace of mind with material things. No, this was the very peace of Christ himself, a peace that surpasses all human understanding.
The timing of this gift of peace was very important to the disciples because they were on the threshold of the greatest trial they would every experience. Christ was about to leave them, and the news of his imminent departure came as a great shock. They had looked forward to the day when the Lord would set up his kingdom on earth and make them all rulers. Now they had to face the fact that he was about to be given into the hands of evil men and killed.
“I will rise again,” the Master assured them, “and the Holy Spirit will guide you through what you are going to face.” At this point, all that the disciples had was a promise from Christ of his peace.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit has always been to reveal Christ to his people. In John 16:14, he says, in short, “The Holy Spirit will speak to you of me and of my ways.” Simply put, his peace comes to us as the Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us.
When you received Christ, you received a measure of his Spirit and the Spirit’s work continues in you to this day.