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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.

Jesus continued to encourage the apostles in view of His imminent departure.

27 Peace I leave with you,

“Peace” was both a greeting and farewell expression in Israel. Here it was a farewell to the apostles. This was more than a cold formality of an empty wish. Jesus would leave them with a set of convictions about His care for them and their eternal future. They were able to rest in His providential hand after His departure.

PRINCIPLE:

Jesus did not leave us with a list of opinions but with a set of convictions.

APPLICATION:

The peace that Jesus affords is not something that rests in opinion but is a conviction that something is true because He promised it. We change opinions at will, but our convictions stay with us. We argue opinions but die for convictions. Convictions are unswerving beliefs that grip us to the point that we will fight for them. We hold the conviction that Jesus provides the peace of God’s sovereignty during any crisis we might face.

Christians often lose the perspective of God’s sovereignty over their lives. If we truly believe that God involves Himself in every aspect of our lives, we will trust Him in adversity and duress. We can rest in the fact that God is in control of our lives.

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