Abide – Good Morning
Facing Chronic Fear
In John 14:25-27 NLT says, “25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
27 “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.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave His last words to His disciples. The coming days would bring horrifying, then glorious, events, but our Lord Jesus Christ would not be able to talk to His disciples during those events. Before the disciples could understand any more, our Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection would have to take place. Then, the disciples’ understanding would be heightened by the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, would be sent as our Lord Jesus Christ’s representative. The Holy Spirit would continue our Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry of teaching. The Holy Spirit would also remind the disciples of what our Lord Jesus Christ had told them. The apostles remembered and wrote with the help of the Holy Spirit. John’s Gospel, even the entire New Testament, would not exist if not for this reminding work of the Holy Spirit.
In the case of the disciples, the reminding role of the Holy Spirit uniquely guided the recording of the New Testament. However, the process is still in place. The disciples first heard our Lord Jesus Christ speak; we discover our Lord Jesus Christ’s Words in Scripture. Reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, and obeying place our Lord Jesus Christ’s Words firmly inside us, and the Holy Spirit reminds us of our further learned lessons and application as we move through life. Amen!
This Verse 27 echoes the first verse of the chapter. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s peace would not guarantee the absence of trouble – for our Lord Jesus Christ Himself faced excruciating spiritual, physical, and emotional struggles in the coming hours. Instead, our Lord Jesus Christ’s peace supplies strength and comfort for the burdens we are called to carry. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the disciples peace that would help them through their own time of trial ahead. After three days, the risen Lord Jesus Christ would come to them and again bestow His peace upon them (John 20:19).
The peace our Lord Jesus Christ offers His disciples isn’t like the peace the world gives. It is His peace, the peace He modeled every day of His life. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s peace did not flee conflict, pain, or death. In fact, the more intense the difficulties, the more apparent our Lord Jesus Christ’s peace became. Our Lord Jesus Christ derived His peace from His relationship with the Father.
Sin, fear, uncertainty, and doubt work to make us troubled and afraid. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offers comfort in place of conflict. Our Lord Jesus Christ says He will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. The Holy Spirit’s work in our lives brings deep and lasting peace. We have confident assurance in any circumstance; with our Lord Jesus Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Amen
Abide – Good Night
In Luke 22:19-20 NLT says, “19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember Me.” 20 After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people – an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ took the loaf of unleavened bread, thanked God, and broke it. Because bread was considered a gift from God, it was irreverent to cut bread with a knife, so bread would be torn (or broken) with the hands. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the bread to the disciples to eat with the sauce. As He did so, He gave this Passover practice an entirely new meaning. Just as the Passover celebrated deliverance from slavery in Egypt, so the Lord’s Supper celebrates deliverance from sin by our Lord Jesus Christ’s death. Our Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples: “This is my body, given for you.” Our Lord Jesus Christ used literal terms to describe a figurative truth. Just as He had so many times said, “I am” the door, the bread, the light, the vine, so the bread symbolized our Lord Jesus Christ’s work of salvation on behalf of humanity. That His body would “be given” pictures the Cross on which our Lord Jesus Christ gave His body in death, allowing it to be broken so that believers could receive life.
Our Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples to eat the broken bread in remembrance of Me. He wanted them to remember His sacrifice, the basis for forgiveness of sins, and also His friendship that they could continue to enjoy through the work of the Holy Spirit.
As noted above, in a traditional Passover meal, wine is served four times. Most likely, the cup mentioned in this verse was the third cup; the words of Luke 22:17-18 were spoken about the fourth and final cup that our Lord Jesus Christ did not drink, vowing first to complete His mission before drinking again of wine. Our Lord Jesus Christ took this cup and explained, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you.”
In Old Testament times, God agreed to forgive people’s sins if they brought animals for the priests to sacrifice. When this sacrificial system was inaugurated, the agreement between God and sinful humanity was sealed with the blood of animals (Exodus 24:8). But animal blood did not in itself remove sin (only God can forgive sin), and animal sacrifices had to be repeated day by day and year after year. Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted a “new covenant” or agreement between humans and God. Under this new covenant, our Lord Jesus Christ would die in the place of sinners. Unlike the blood of animals, His blood would seal the agreement between God and people to remove the sins of all who put their faith in Him. Amen!
The Gospel – The Good News
In John 3:16-17 NLT says, “16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The message of The Good News – The Gospel comes to a focus in these verses. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when we love someone dearly, we are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the Good News with others, our love must be like our Lord Jesus Christ’s – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s unconditional love.
In John 14:6-7 NLT says, “6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had really known Me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
This is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How can we know the way to God? Only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way because He is both God and man. By uniting our lives with His, we are united with God. Trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to take you to our Father God, and all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours.
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Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples,
Pastor/Chaplain Elias Aguilar Busuego Jr PhD DTM
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Chaplain – American Legion (AL) District 10 – Texas, AL Post 302 Hutto, TX, formerly at AL Post 447 Round Rock, TX
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