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. — John 14:27
Continued with yesterday’s story, this is also taken from Jesus’ last teachings to his disciples or known as “the farewell discourses”. If you have watched the video, you probably would have seen his disciples’ worried faces when they heard that Jesus was leaving them. If not, you can possibly image how terrifying it feels when you hear that your love one is going to leave you forever. Jesus knew how they felt, and said: “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.”
The word “peace” here is a word that was originally used to refer to the clam after a storm, the resolving of discordant musical notes, and the joining of hands in reconciliation after conflict. It is a beautiful word harking back to the hebrew word SHALOM, which refers to peace at every level – with God, neighbour, ourselves, and creation. — Mark Stibbe
Jesus promises his troubled followers, he will leave them peace, the peace at every level that the world is impossible to offer, but he alone can. Moreover, I can boldly declare this peace is still here with us today, thank to ‘The prince of peace’ (Jesus).
Ask and you will receive!
God loves you!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
About 600 years before Jesus was born, this verse above was prophesied by Isaiah, the messenger of God. For to us a son is given and this son would reign on King David’s throne and His kingdom will be everlasting. Also the prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus is the Light of the World in Isaiah 9:2
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Mighty God”. This Message of HOPE was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery of sin.
Furthermore, Isaiah uses four names today’s verse to describe the Messiah. These names have special meaning to us:
Wonderful Counsellor – He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the one who gives the right advice
Mighty God – He is God himself.
Everlasting Father – He is timeless, he is God our father.
Prince of Peace – His government is one of justice and peace.
Though there is still a long way till Christmas (my favourite time of the year), I thought I would still play something Christmasy because of today’s verse if you don’t mind.