John Lesson 19 Day 5
My BSF Study of John 14:27-31
12. a. True peace John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift [bequeath]—[My own] peace of mind and heart.” John 14:27 (NLT) (text in brackets from Amplified version)
Peace I leave with you. “This was a common form of benediction among the Jews. It is the invocation of the blessings of peace and happiness. In this place it was, however, much more than a mere form or an empty wish. It came from Him who had power to make peace and to confer it on all, Ephesians 2:15.” (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Public Domain)
The legacy Jesus left for believers when He ascended
Jesus took this normal good-bye and filled it with deep strength and meaning. (Guzik)
He didn’t leave us the way we’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft.
“So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.” (MSG)
“Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.” (AMP)
Courage instead of fear!
This from the NLT grabbed me “If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.”
Jesus offers a real peace. Not just an absence of trouble.
We have peace with God after we have been justified by faith—Salvation. It is a gift we receive “through our Lord Jesus Christ.” See Romans 5:1-2
We can experience the peace of God when we trust him as we go through inevitable trials instead of becoming anxious. Philippians 4:6-7
c. “The peace of God that surpasses all understanding . . .”
My husband has been a great example through his many health challenges. I know that he is right with God and whether he lives many more years or not, I know that it is well with his soul and that the Spirit of Christ is with me. I trust him to guide me, counsel me, and comfort me.
13. Jesus was at peace.
Jesus was at peace. He did his best to prepare them for what was coming and promised to leave his peace with them.
He encouraged them to avoid being anxious or afraid. They should, in fact, rejoice because he is going to the Father.
Because he prophesied what was coming, this would be an additional opportunity for them to believe in Him.
14. a. John 14:30-31
Jesus knew that Satan was coming for him with the help of Judas’ arrangements.”The loving, others-centered calm of Jesus in such circumstances is remarkable.” (Enduringword.com)
Jesus is without sin, so the prince of this world had no legal right of access to him. Jesus willingly obeyed God’s plan out of their love for the world.
Through the death of Jesus, God’s son who was flesh and blood like us, he destroyed the power of the devil who has the power of death. Hebrews 2:14
b. John 6:68-69
Who else can I go to? Jesus has the words that give real life, eternal life. I have already committed myself to Him because I am confident that Jesus is the Holy One of God. (my paraphrase)
Feeling sorry for myself is the opposite of really loving Jesus. It’s loving myself more than I love Him.
Receiving the peace Christ gives shows Him I love HIM more than I love myself.
Father, thank You for sending Your Son. I’m so thankful He willingly fulfilled His calling.
Thank You for the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. I need Him. Oh, how I need Him!
Thank You for providing peace. I need Your peace—the peace that’s beyond our understanding.
Oh, I want to know You, love You and trust You more. Holy Spirit, guide me in that direction. Amen
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 19 Day 5 ~ My study of John 14:27-31
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