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Real Peace [12-15-19]

Updated: Dec 28, 2019

Today, we're going to look back at John 14:27. If you're new to Covenant Church, we've been studying the Gospel of John for over a year now. We took a break for a short fall series on lesser-known people of the Bible. After the Christmas season, we'll be back into John's Gospel. But today, our jumping-off passage brings us back to John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

That's what Jesus said. He said it to his disciples right before he was betrayed. That same night Jesus took bread and broke it and said to his disciples, "This is my body broken for you." And then, as he gave them the wine, he said, "This is my blood poured out for the forgiveness of sins." They understood what Jesus was saying. Jesus was the sacrificial lamb, unblemished, to be killed so they could be forgiven. It was a powerful moment. In the midst of it all, Jesus told them not to worry…not to be afraid. He told them he was going to die but don't worry. Don't let uncertain things frighten you.

Here are a few things we learn in this passage about the peace Jesus gives us.

First, we learn that Jesus gives us AUTHENTIC peace with God.

Think for a moment about when things haven't been so peaceful in your life. Illness…death…drama…financial struggles. We've all been there. In a fallen and broken world, there are plenty of times when we've been far from feeling at peace.