Re:Verse passage – John 14: 15-31 (day seven)
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
Jesus reminds us that in the Holy Spirit we will find a peace that passes all understanding. It is more than the cessation of war, but a calm on every side. The Holy Spirit will bring the sleep of the innocent at night and the boldness of the righteous at daybreak. We who believe in Christ Jesus have a newfound peace unavailable to the world.
The world has often offered peace, but she has never been able to deliver long-term as George Beasley-Murray writes, “A striking example…is the famous Ara Pacis, altar of peace, erected in Rome by Augustus (January 30, 9 b.c.), the first of its emperors, to celebrate his establishment of the age of peace proclaimed by the prophets; it still stands in Rome, a monument to the skill of its sculptors and to the empty messianic pretensions of its emperors.”