I Am Going Away and Coming Back Again

Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Week 2, Day 2 (A Love God Greatly Study)

Today’s Reading: John 14:15-31(SOAP: 27-28)

 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.”

John 14:27-28 NLT

Real and Lasting Hope Brings Peace

I love that Jesus, who is getting ready not just to die but hang on a cross for sins He did not commit, is so compassionately concerned about the effect of His leaving that He promises the disciples a gift. The gift is peace of mind and heart, so they will not need to be troubled or afraid. His is a peace that comes from more than just words, it is a peace that is distinctly different than the world offers because it comes with real and lasting hope in the promise that He is coming back!

A Repetitious Warning and A Personal Connection

Again, in conjunction with Jesus’ impending departure, He encourages the disciples not to be troubled [distressed] or afraid. The encouragement is always the same and meant to carry a lot of weight – “I am coming back.” I love reading this particular conversation in the NET which translates it with a much more personal tone, using the pronoun ‘you’ nine times in the two short verses. To me, this emphasizes that this was not an open message to just anyone but rather specifically for His disciples, which we are.

““Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am.”

John‬ ‭14:27-28‬ ‭NET‬‬

What Does This Mean For Us?

The promise of His return and the promise of His peace being different than what we can find in the world means that…

  • I don’t have to be troubled or afraid.
  • I can choose peace over fear and distress.
  • I need to choose God/Christ over the world.
  • I can/will be glad that He is with the Father.
  • Because He is with the Father, I have the Spirit 24/7, 365 days of the year.
  • Because He gave His life for me, I can count on His promise to come back for me.

Response to the Word:

Father, How great You are! Even greater than we truly understand, for even Jesus says You are greater than Him. Not only have You given us the Spirit in Jesus’ absence, but Jesus offers us peace – indescribable and everlasting – so that as we wait for His return, we are not alone and have no need to fear or be distressed – but rather we can stand firm in the courage that comes from knowing He will return!

Your Turn: Reflection Question

How can we experience God’s peace in our lives?

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