[Jesus said:] “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:25-27 ESV
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 ESV
In 1914 a terrible war broke out in Europe, in many ways the worst war the world had ever known. It lasted for four years, and nine million soldiers died, as well as 12 million people who weren’t soldiers. Many more soldiers were terribly wounded. Soldiers fought from trenches that they dug in the ground, sometimes knee deep in mud, and new weapons made the fighting even more deadly. But World War I, as it is now called, was sometimes called the war to end all wars. Many people hoped that when the war ended and peace came, it would be a peace that would last forever and put an end to the evil in the world that causes war. But instead, within 20 years there was another war, World War II, even more terrible and deadly. The peace of this world rarely lasts for very long, and sin and evil often dash our hopes that peace and goodness will win.
Jesus gave his disciples a wonderful promise. He promised to give them peace, and not the kind of peace that the world gives. The peace Jesus gives will last forever, and because of it Jesus says that our hearts don’t need to be troubled and we never have to be afraid. Jesus also gave another wonderful promise, the promise that the Heavenly Father would send his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would give the disciples peace by reminding them of all the things that Jesus taught them and help them understand the things that Jesus said. So many times the disciples hadn’t understood what Jesus was trying to tell them, but when the Holy Spirit came to them, he would help them, and they would know what Jesus wanted them to understand.
We also have the gift of the Holy Spirit. He gives us peace by helping us understand what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Jesus died to pay for our sins, and because of this, our sins are forgiven and we have peace with our Heavenly Father. God’s love for us will never end, and the peace Jesus gives us is forever. God the Holy Spirit speaks to us through his word, the Bible, and helps us to know and love Jesus and to remember and understand everything he wants us to learn.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us Jesus to win our peace, and the Holy Spirit to help us know and understand that peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.