Preface: Jesus was not impressed by anyone’s wealth or power. He simply sought to reach them for the same reason that He sought to reach everyone else: He wanted them to have the kind of riches that money cannot buy.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27, NIV).
How refreshing! Humans have a hard time understanding things that are not evidenced in the present world. Here Jesus reminds the disciples and each of us that the world cannot offer the peace that He gives. What does this world have to offer in the way of peace? Financial security? Power? Fame? Good times? All these things may seem to give peace, but they are all temporal. They offer a pseudo-peace, a brittle and porous outward shell of peace, at most. But what Christ has to give is an enduring inner peace, the kind of peace that passes all human understanding (Phil. 4:7).
In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, it is natural to be afraid. Troubled hearts are natural products of a sinful existence. We must listen to the words of Jesus, embrace the comfort that they hold, and apply them in a practical way to our lives. Jesus knows when we are afraid. He wants us to come to Him with our fears, to realize that help is just a prayer away. He will give us peace, but we must seek it.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18, 19, NIV).
Sometimes it is easy to desire the luxuries of this world, but we must always keep in mind that this world is not our home. The greatest material treasures this world has to offer are but refuse compared to the wonders we have to look forward to in heaven.
We are here for only a little while. The trials and troubles of our earthly abode, as well as the pleasures and riches here, are only temporary. Our focus must remain on the eternal. Soon this life will end. Soon this world as we know it will be no more. Soon we will be going home.
We know Jesus. We know the Way home.