Friday, September 10, 2010
Preparing recently for a Labor day Weekend sermon which was to be on the text Joh 14:27, I was struck how Jesus says "MY peace." This qualification "MY" and "I GIVE" was precious to me as I meditated upon this verse. I thought upon Jesus and how willing he is to give this peace and also HOW ABLE he is to give his own peace. Both in accomplishing our justification by making payment for sin, dying as a substitute for his people upon the cross and also imparting to us PEACE, a work of the SPIRIT of GOD, the COMFORTER. In further dwelling upon the word "MY" I thought it good to read the whole of John's Gospel noting from each chapter some precious truth about Jesus.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
CHRIST WHO IS OUR PEACE - HE IS....
CHRIST WHO IS OUR PEACE - HE IS....
IN JOHN CHAPTER ONE:
The Word in the beginning, with GOD, and is God, John 1:1
The creator of all things, John 1:3
Life in Himself, the light of men, John 1:4
Shining in the Darkness. John 1:5
TO THOSE believing on his name and recieving him, John 1:12
He gives power to become sons of God.
He is the Word from everlasting made flesh, John 1:14
And dwelling amoungst us,
Declared by the prophet
The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
IN JOHN CHAPTER TWO:
The water He turned to wine, John 2:9
He cleansed the temple
Wielding a scourge,
Pouring out the changers' money.
The zeal of his Father house consuming him. John 2:15-17
AND He knows what is in ALL men. John 2:24-25
IN JOHN CHAPTER THREE - HE IS:
The Bronze Serpent lifted UP, John 3:14-15
The only begotten of his Father,
Sent of the Father,
Him upon whom, All the ones believing will not perish. John 3:16
The bridegroom, John 3:29
The one to whom God giveth not the spirit by MEASURE. John 3:34
IN JOHN CHAPTER FOUR:
The second miracle he does,
Healing the nobleman's Son,
From afar with a word,
The son lives,
The Whole house believes,
Jesus our God and Saviour. John 4:46-54
IN JOHN CHAPTER FIVE:
The impotent lay at the pool,
Waiting no more,
Jesus has come,
The word is spoken,
And immediately the impotent walks. John 5:7-9
They seek to Kill him,
For Jesus, Not only healing on the Sabbath,
But God is His Father, he equal with God. John 5:18
They want to kill the one who
Gives life to those dead who hear his voice. John 5:25
For Jesus has life, life in HIMSELF. John 5:26
The scriptures speak of him, John 5:39
Moses wrote of him. John 5:46
IN JOHN CHAPTER SIX:
He feeds 5000, John 6:10-11
Walks on Water John 6:21
Into a ship that immediately is on the otherside.
He gives meat which endures to everlasting life. John 6:27
To believe on Jesus is to work the work of God. John 6:29
The Father has given HIM a people, John 6:37
And he is able,
To receive that which his Father has given him,
He is the living bread, John 6:51
Eat of this bread and live forever,
The bread that he gives is his own flesh,
Given for the life of the world.
Eat his flesh,
Drink his blood,
If not you are dead. John 6:53
His words are Spirit and Life. John 6:63
IN JOHN CHAPTER SEVEN:
Believing on Him,
Rivers of Living Water
Flowing out of your belly. John 7:38-39
Which is the Spirit,
IN JOHN CHAPTER EIGHT HE IS:
The light of the World, John 8:12
The son who makes free indeed, John 8:36
Seen of Abraham, who was made glad. John 8:56
IN JOHN CHAPTER NINE:
He gives sight to the blind.
Like the blindman,
so was I in Sin,
But praise be to Him,
NOW I SEE. John 9:25
IN JOHN CHAPTER TEN HE IS:
The door, John 10:7
The good shepherd, John 10:14
Laying down of himself, John 10:18
His life for the sheep, John 10:15
Giving eternal life, John 10:28
To his own who shall never perish, John 10:28
One with the Father. John 10:30
IN JOHN CHAPTER ELEVEN:
HE Loved Martha, her sister and Lazarus. John 11:5
HE IS the Ressurrection, John 11:25
And the Life.
HE Wept. John 11:33
And then Raised the Dead Lazarus. John 11:42-43
Calling him Forth.
IN JOHN CHAPTER TWELVE:
Annointed for Burial
With costly ointment,
She wiping his feet with her hair,
And the house filled with the odor. John 12:3, John 12:7
Riding on the Young ass,
Triumphal Entry, John 12:14-15
The voice from Heaven, John 12:28
The judgment of this world,
The prince Cast out. John 12:31
IN JOHN CHAPTER THIRTEEN:
The hour has come, John 13:1
With Joy and Quiet
We peer into The Inner Sanctuary,
The final hours, the last advice,
The precious words before his arrest....
He leaves an example,
Washing their feet, John 13:15
"Do as I have done to you,
The servant is not greater than his lord."
"Judas, that thou doest,
Do quickly." John 13:17
"Only a little longer,
Soon I am gone." John 13:33
"Love one another, John 13:34
By this they will know you are mine." John 13:35
IN JOHN CHAPTER FOURTEEN:
Let not your heart be troubled John 14:1
I am going,
AND Coming Again,
Receiving you unto myself, John 14:3
The Comforter is coming, John 14:26
Peace I am leaving, John 14:27
If you loved me
You would be rejoicing, John 14:28
For I go to the Father.
IN JOHN CHAPTER FIFTEEN:
He is the True Vine John 15:1
We the branches John 15:5
Abide in Him John 15:7
He in us
Glorify the Father, John 15:8
Bear much fruit,
And so be his disciples.
Love One Another, John 15:12
The world will hate You,
FOR The world has hated HIM, John 15:18-19
The Comforter is coming,
The Spirit of Truth,
He will testify of HIM John 15:26
IN JOHN CHAPTER SIXTEEN:
Expedient it is that he goes,
For he goes not
The comforter comes not.
But if he goes,
The comforter he sends. John 15:7
The Spirit of Truth
Who will guide
into all truth. John 15:13
Like a woman in travail
Sorrow will be yours,
But like her delivered,
Joy reigning, John 15:21
You will rejoice
With joy no man can take. John 15:22
You shall be scattered
leaving me alone,
because the Father is with me. John 15:32
I tell you now,
that in me
ye might have peace.
Be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world. John 15:33
IN JOHN CHAPTER SEVENTEEN:
The High Priestly Prayer:
LIFE Eternal to Know God
And Jesus Christ
Whom God has sent. John 17:3
He prays his Father,
With the same Glory
I Had with thee before the world was." John 17:5
IN JOHN CHAPTER EIGHTEEN:
In the Garden,
They seek him,
To arrest the innocent.
Knowing all things, John 18:4
He asks them - they reply,
He says "I AM"
Backward they fall, all to the Ground. John 18:5
Willing his life he lays down,
No one will take it from him.
The good shepherd for the sheep.
God-Man, representing Men, as Man.
Born and come into the world,
A King but not of this world. John 18:37
IN JOHN CHAPTER NINETEEN:
The enemy having no power
But what was given of God. John 19:11
It is finished,
With Life yet in him,
He of his own volition,
Bowed his head,
And Gave up the Ghost. John 19:30
He laid down his life and died for his own.
It is finished.
IN JOHN CHAPTER TWENTY:
HE IS RISEN
"Thomas, Reach hither thy finger" John 20:27
"Behold my hands"
Many other signs he did yet not written, John 20:30
But these written, that ye might believe, John 20:31
That Jesus is the Christ,
The Son of God,
And that believing ye might have,
Life through his name.
IN JOHN CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE:
Jesus, the Lamb of God,
Who has taken away the sins of the world,
Who lived in our midst,
Speaking words that are Spirit and Truth,
Teaching and Preaching,
Healing and Miracles,
The works given him of the Father.
The Good Shepherd,
The sacrifice for sin,
Life now in his name,
Many other things Jesus did,
If they should be written,
I suppose that even the world itself
Could not contain the books
That should be written
AMEN. Joh 21:25
Peace He Left,
His Peace he gave,
Not as the World gives,
Gave He unto us.
Let not our hearts be troubled,
Neither Let them be afraid. Joh 14:27
Here is what I read:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives give I unto you.” John 14:27
Peace also is a fruit of spiritual-mindedness. What peace of conscience does that individual possess whose mind is stayed upon spiritual things! It is as much the reward as it is the effect of his cultivated heavenliness. The existence of this precious blessing, however, supposes the exposure of the spiritual mind to much that has a tendency to ruffle and disturb its equanimity and repose. The Christian is far from being entirely exempt from those chafings and disquietudes which seem inseparable from human life. To the brooding anxieties arising from external things- life’s vicissitudes, mutations, and disappointments; there are added, what are peculiar to the child of God, the internal things that distract- the cloudings of guilt, the agitations of doubt, the corrodings of fear, the mourning of penitence, the discipline of love.
But through all this there flows a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God. It is the peace of the heavenly mind, the peace which Jesus procured, which God imparts, and which the Holy Spirit seals. A heavenly mind soars above a poor dying world, living not upon a creature’s love or smile- casting its daily need upon the heart of a kind Providence- anxious for nothing, but with supplication and thanksgiving making known its requests unto God- indifferent to the turmoil, vexations, and chequered scenes of worldly life, and living in simple faith and holy pleasing on Christ. Thus detached from earth, and moving heavenwards by the attractions of its placid coast, it realizes a peace which passes all understanding.
And if this be the present of the heavenly mind, what will be the future of the mind in heaven? Heaven is the abode of perfect peace. There are no cloudings of guilt, no tossings of grief, no agitations of fear, no corrodings of anxiety there. It is the peace of perfect purity- it is the repose of complete satisfaction. It is not so much the entire absence of all sorrow, as it is the actual presence of all holiness, that constitutes the charm and the bliss of future glory.
The season of sorrow is frequently converted into that of secret joy- Christ making our very griefs to sing. But the occasion of sin is always that of bitter grief; our backslidings often, like scorpions, entwined around our hearts. Were there even- as most assuredly there will not be- sadness in heaven, there might still be the accompaniment of happiness; but were there sin in heaven- the shadow of a shade of guilt- it would becloud and embitter all. Thus, then, as heaven is the abode of perfect peace, he who on earth has his conversation most in heaven approximates in his feelings the nearest to the heavenly state. Oh that our hearts were more yielding to the sweet, holy, and powerful attractions of the heavenly world! Then would our conversation be more in heaven.HT: Matthew Blair