27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
We are going to notice today that Jesus Christ fully accepts His position in the Trinity which puts Him lower than the Father. Jesus is God. We rejoice in this great fact. Jesus came to earth, God in flesh, the incarnation of God. Jesus promised His peace to His followers and we all should rest in the peace of God given and maintained by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here, Jesus taught us that He was going to the Father and that He was coming back. Again, this is a very encouraging teaching which we looked at earlier. The Apostles had trouble with Christ leaving so He reminded them again that He was leaving and that He was coming back. He wanted them to rejoice because He was going to the Father who was greater than He.
Two points for us today: First point is this, God the Father was in charge of all that took place in the next few hours and Jesus was, in the end, going to Him. When God the Father is in charge and His will is being perfectly carried out, we should be at peace. How wonderful it is for us to know that there is a God in heaven who is sovereign over all of the affairs of men. Whatever takes place in this life, God is in control of because He is the greatest. In the superiority and ultimate authority of God we should always find peace.
The second point is this: Jesus was OK with being in second place to the Father. Knowing His position in the God-head, Jesus was able to do what the Father sent Him to do knowing that it was always the right thing to do. In the teaching of the submission within the Trinity there are great lessons for us in our human relationships. For while we know that we are to be submissive to God we are also supposed to live under human authority in this life. Authority does not mean repression for Jesus did not live a repressed life. Authority gives us the freedom to do what we are called to do.
There are authority structures in the home between the children and the parents and between the husband and the wife. Women today fight against this not understanding its value. There is authority in society that people don’t like because they want independence not realizing that independence without authority leads to anarchy where there is no peace.
Jesus lived under the Father’ authority and still does today. By His example, we are to accept the authority structures placed on this earth by the Father who is the ultimate One behind all authority. Know this, when we fight against God-designed human authority we are really fighting against God and the result is that we lose His peace.
Pray about something with me. I am going to announce a week-long fast to pray for the salvation of our presidential candidates. This thing is so messy. Christians are dividing between their American hopes and responsibilities and being a part of the sinfulness of the Clintons and the Trumps. The answer is salvation, not a profession but a true possession of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that the Christians in this country would rally around prayer for salvation. Romans 10:13 applies here for we need to be saved.
Yesterday my dad and I worked on the yard, sanding doors, and painting them. It is good for him to be back up and out some.
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Have a great day in the Lord,