Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [John 14:27]
I remember listening to an old cassette tape of the concert of the Abante Four, the quartet composed by our beloved Senior Pastor, Dr. Benny Abante, Jr., his father, the promoted Dr. Ben Abante, Sr., and his brothers, Drs. Reuben and Hernes Abante. This was around 1985.
Just before they sang that song “Peace Like A River,” Ptr. Benny was mentioning about the ensuing Communist insurgency at that time in the country, and said, “There seems to be no more peace in the world, brethren. The world can try to give peace, but the Lord Jesus said, ‘My peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'”
26 years after these words were mentioned as an introduction to a song, the message still holds true. The world has tried to offer man all ways possible to try to bail them out of life’s woes and anxieties. Now more than ever, the world provides all kinds of distractions and solutions of sorts for man to spend their time and money on, just to find that ever-elusive “peace,” but all to no avail.
As a sinner saved by grace, I have experienced being in the search for peace through what the world affords. But as I have personally realized time and again, nothing satisfies. Nothing that this world can offer can truly provide peace, most especially the kind of peace that only Jesus gives.
In the verse that we have read, we find the kind of peace that Jesus gives. It is a provided peace, meaning, there’s no other way for this peace to be had except the Owner and Author of this peace provide it. Jesus is the Owner and Author of this peace. The Bible speaks of Him as the Prince of Peace. You cannot find this peace from anyone else.
The peace that Jesus gives is also a personalized peace. You would usually take the word of someone you trust or believe in before you subscribe to what they say or offering. That’s why companies would use famous people to sell their products because customers usually buy the brand for who’s advertising it. The peace that we are talking here is not the kind of peace that actors, actresses or TV personalities are talking about. Oh, they maybe famous, affluent, rich, and influential. But they’re all just like us–men and women of like frame and weakness. They, like us, are also looking for peace. But turning to Jesus, we find peace that is based on His Name–the Name above all names! You can come to Him every time, and every single time you can count on Him. He can never and will never fail you.
Thirdly, the peace that Jesus gives is a peculiar peace. The verse says “…not as the world giveth…” which means this peace is not temporary and material. Temporary and material objects all rust, fade, devaluate, get lost, or be destroyed. Not the peace that Jesus gives. This is the very reason why the world cannot give this kind of peace, for the world knows nothing about eternal life in Him. Like the prodigal son, you can drink, spend and enjoy yourself all you want with the world’s goods, but at the end of the day, you’d still find yourself imprisoned in a filthy hoghouse, trying to satisfy your hunger with the fodder of the sows. But, praise God, the Father is always waiting–waiting for His son to return, to repent of his sins, and be clothed with His righteousness!
Finally, this peace is a preserving peace. It is preserving, in that the world, no matter how chaotic around us, cannot be stronger than the peace of God that is in us. The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ, as found in Philippians 4:7. This reminds me of a painting about peace. But unlike the usual paintings on peace, where you’d see green everglades, blue skies, clear rivers, and happy faces, the painting portrayed a stormy night along the steep, sharp side of a rocky mountain. Nothing in the painting seemed serene and peaceful, until you look closely right in the middle of that work of art–you see a mother dove, along with her babies, peacefully sleeping inside the haven of the mountainside’s cave. That is the picture of the preserving peace of Jesus.
If you haven’t experienced this kind of peace, wait no longer. Come to the Lord Jesus, repent of your sins, and put your faith on Him. And he will let you experience the peace unlike any you have ever experienced before.