Peace I Leave With You

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

Peace I Leave With You
John 14:23-26 Keep My Words

John 14:27-31 (A) Peace I Leave With You

John 14:27-31 (B) My Father is Greater than I
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 tell His disciples, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you" (John 14:27)?
Wishing "peace" was integral to bidding farewell back then. Even today, Jews and Arabs say "shalom" and "salaam," respectively, to wish "peace" while saying goodbye, as well as to greet. 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" (John 14:27).

How is Jesus' peace different from worldly peace?
Worldly peace lacks conflict but keeps sinners under God's wrath. Jesus' peace forgives and protects sinners from God's wrath but typically keeps us in conflict with the sinful world.

JOHN 14:28  28You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.

What does Jesus say His disciples should do?
They should "rejoice" about Him returning to the Father. They will miss Him but He will be in a far better place and company. True love wants what's best for the one loved, even at detriment to the one who loves.

What did Jesus mean by "My Father is greater than I" (John 14:28)?
See My Father is Greater than I

JOHN 14:29-30  29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you 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.

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

Why did Jesus say that Satan has nothing in Him?
εχει (echei), the original Greek word translated "he has" (John 14:30), can also mean "he holds" or "he possesses." Jesus 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 grip onto.

Are there any handles in you that Satan is gripping onto?

What would happen to that grip if you repent from those sins?

JOHN 14:31  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.”

Since Satan has no hold on Him, why will Jesus let Himself be taken by the Satan-led mob that was "coming" (John 14:30) for Him?
To obey God the Father, who commanded Him to pay the death penalty due for the sins of those whom He will save.

How will Jesus making that payment impact the Father's heart?
Break it (see Father, Forgive them).

Then why would Father command Jesus to pay it?
Because He loves us (see John 3:16).

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