John 14:27-31 “Peace Where Sometimes We Least Expect It”
Of all of life’s experiences that one can seek after, the number one experience that we seek is peace.
- Peace: nothing can replace it.
- Not fame, fortune, status or power.
- The world longs for peace.
- We even award the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Peace seems so elusive.
- Only about 280 years of peace in the past 3100 years of recorded history.
The bible speaks of peace quite differently. It refers to it as a real experience those who come to God can experience.
- Jesus is given the title in Isaiah 9 as the “Prince of Peace”.
- Not the Prince of Hope or the Prince of Love or Joy
- In other words if you want to get to know peace…..get to know the Prince.
In these verses which we read this morning there are three experience of peace of which our Savior speaks.
- Peace in troubled world. (Vs. 27)
- Peace while you are waiting. (Vs. 28,29)
- Peace in spiritual warfare. (Vs. 30,31)
Peace in a troubled world.
- Not a greeting or a salutation, but rather a promise.
- If you are a follower of Christ….you will have peace.
- The bible speaks of peace with God and the peace of God.
- The first is objective; the second is subjective.
- The first is not a feeling, the second definitely is a feeling.
- But…you can never experience the second unless you experience the first.
- When Jesus is your Savior…that brings peace with God.
- When Jesus is your Lord….that will bring the peace of God.
Read Jer. 29:11 “Don’t let your heart be troubled…”
- No matter the storm….Jesus will come to you and minister to you at that time and moment when you need Him the most.
Peace while you are waiting.
- When is He coming back?
- In the resurrection….(3 days from that time.)
- At Pentecost….(50 days after the resurrection)
- The Rapture…..He’s coming back for His church.
- We are still waiting for that.
- There needs to be peace in that time of waiting for the Lord’s promise to be fulfilled.
Read John 16:33
We have peace in the midst of spiritual warfare.
- Who’s the “ruler of this world”?
- Ch. 12….Satan is called the ruler of this world.
- 2 Cor. 4….Paul calls the devil the “god of this age.”
- But Satan had no power over Christ because He was sinless.
- Therein death had no power and no authority over Jesus.
- In our lives we must be braced, supported against all of the buffeting and storms, anchored in our faith upon the promises of God’s word.
- Vs. 28 tells us to “rejoice” in the midst of troubles.