Discipleship and Peace

Scripture 

Read John 14:23-17

Key Verse

“My peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Study 

As the disciples were warned about the suffering that they would endure, the question must be asked “Why would anyone wish to be a disciple?

We will close our study on discipleship on a positive note.  Jesus did not leave us alone to fend for ourselves.  John takes a lot of space to record Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit.  Part of the promise of the Holy Spirit is that we would have peace.

Trouble and peace should go hand in hand.  John 16:32-33 records more of Jesus’ words about peace, “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home.  You will leave me all alone.  Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.  I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

What is the source of a Christian’s peace? 

We are given peace supernaturally through the Holy Spirit.  We can find peace in knowing that Christ has overcome the world.  We can be granted peace by the words or actions of another believer.  We must be careful, though, and acknowledge that true peace can only come through knowing Jesus Christ as Savior.  There’s a bumper sticker that sums this up well:  No Jesus, no peace.  Know Jesus, know peace.

How can we help promote peace in the lives of others who need it? 

Three times in on John 20 Jesus greets the disciples by saying “Peace be with you.” (Verses 19, 21, & 26)  We don’t give our peace to someone just by saying the words and granting it to them.  However, this greeting is rooted in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It is recorded in only one other place, Luke 24:36, and all four instances occur after Jesus’ resurrection.  As a man, Jesus could only give the peace of one man to another.  However, as resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus could give true peace that was rooted in His victory over the world.

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