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A Week in John 14: Peace Through Remembrance

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”

John 14:25-31 New International Version (NIV)

On His way to die on the Cross for the sins of the world, Jesus gives us His peace. Who does that? He does. He does it because He wants us to know that in this world we will struggle to have peace. We will endure trouble in this world but Jesus tells us not to fear because our Heavenly Father who is greater than our fears is greater than everything. He wants us to know He has overcome the world. Just as He finished His work on the Cross, He is coming back to finish His work of restoring all the enemy of our souls has destroyed in God's Creation. He is coming back to give those who believe everlasting life with Him in the Kingdom of God.

And just in case we forget the plan God has revealed to us through Christ Jesus, just in case we don't keep His Word in our hearts, God has sent the Holy Spirit to help us to remember. Remember that God sent His Son to walk among us, heal us, save us and teach us how to live and to love in the world as it is now. Remember that He purchased our freedom from the bondage of sin with His blood. Remember He rose from the grave as the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep (1 Corinthians 15:20) and that He is preparing our place in eternity. This is grace. We have done nothing to earn this gift. It's all about grace and He asks only that we believe Him and follow the path He tread. "Grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me Home."

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

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