Peace I Leave With You

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you

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JOHN 14 BIBLE STUDY
6-11 I Am the Way, the Truth, And the Life
12-14 Greater Works Than These
15-26 If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments

27-31 Peace I Leave With You

JOHN 14:27  27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Why does Jesus say to His disciples, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you"?
Wishing "peace" is integral to both greeting and bidding farewell in the Middle East. Even today, Jews and Arabs say "shalom" and "salaam," respectively, to wish "peace" while saying hello and goodbye. But Jesus' "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you" isn't a typical, worldly farewell: "not as the world gives do I give to you."

How is Jesus' peace different from the world's peace?
The world's peace lacks earthly conflict and hardship but keeps sinners under God's wrath. Jesus' peace paid for our sins and reconciled us to God the Father, but typically keeps us in conflict with the sinful world.

JOHN 14:28-31  28 Ye have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

What does Jesus say His disciples should do in John 14:28?
They should "rejoice" since He is returning to the Father. They will miss Jesus but He will be in a far better place and company. True love wants what's best for the loved person.

Who is the “ruler of this world” (John 14:30)?
Satan.

Why did Jesus say that Satan "has" (John 14:30) nothing in Him?
Echo, the translated Greek verb, means to "possess" or to "hold on to." He is saying that since He has no sin, Satan has no hold on Him. Whatever sins a person has serve as handles for Satan to hold onto him or her.

Then why will Jesus let Himself be taken by the Satan-led mob that was "coming" (John 14:31) for Him?
Because He wants to obey God the Father, who commanded Him to die for the sins of those whom He will save.

Why would God the Father command Jesus to do that?
Because He loves us: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Why would Jesus obey God the Father?
Because He loves Him and us.

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