“In Me, You May Have Peace” ( John 16: 33, ESV ) by Carley Evans

Jesus’ disciples, when the Lord tells them He is no longer speaking to them in figurative speech, i.e. in parables, proclaim “now we know that You know all things and do not need anyone to question You; this is why we believe that You came from God.” (John 16:30)

Jesus responds, perhaps with a wry smile, “Do you now believe?” (John 6:31) then tells them they will scatter, “and leave Me alone.” (John 16:32) Here Jesus acknowledges His friends believe in Him, but nevertheless will abandon Him in His hour of suffering. In the next moment, He encourages them. Jesus tells them that He is saying “these things to you, that in Me you may have peace.” (John 16:33)

A contradiction? A paradox?

I speak in parables, and you can’t tell I Am from God. I speak plainly and you are amazed. You think My plain speaking means I must be from God. You declare your belief, but soon you will scatter in fear and sleepiness. You will leave Me alone to face your sins and My Father’s wrath. But I Am giving you My peace despite yourselves.

And, this is the good news. Jesus gives us His peace despite ourselves.


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