“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you…. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” John 14:27-31 ESV.
Jesus is speaking with His disciples not too many hours away from His crucifixion. He speaks of peace in a world of uncertainty for them all. Reading this week, I couldn’t help but notice the phrase, “He has no claim on me,” speaking of the enemy: Satan, the liar, the evil one, the enemy of our souls. Jesus is letting us know in this simple phrase that He, as God in the flesh, would willingly giving His life; no one would taking it from Him! Not the Pharisees, not Caesar, not Pilate or the devil himself. Jesus was going to GIVE and we are the blessed receivers of that selfless sacrifice.
Jesus would go on to defeat death, hell and the grave when He cried out, “It is finished!” on the cross. He would overcome sin and death, paving the way for us to do the same while we live in this world. Sin has no claim on us! The world has no claim on us! C.S. Lewis reminds us we were not even made for this world:
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
Just recently, a dear friend and cousin of ours received her reward. She fought a long and difficult five year battle with ovarian cancer. Her sweet husband never left her side and he was a constant source of encouragement to her and to everyone who loved her. He would update us on social media with her test results or hospital visits. He went with her to every chemo treatment and spent countless hours that turned into days then weeks in the hospital, never thinking of himself.
This gentle giant would close every social media post with these words:
God is a healer! God is faithful! God is good! All the time!
He believed up until the end that God was more than able to heal his precious soul mate, but if He didn’t, He was STILL faithful, He was STILL able to heal, would even heal others and above all of that…God was just good, always. Death had no hold, no claim on the one he loved because she didn’t belong to this world.
Some might look at that situation and say the enemy won and this dear couple lost because she wasn’t healed and restored to her family. Oh no, friend, not at all. The power of darkness had no hold on her; the enemy never had a claim on this precious saint of God! She lived her entire life to serve Jesus and He took her on to her heavenly reward where she DID receive her healing.
She suffers no more.
” I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John 17:15-18 ESV.
You see, we win regardless. We were sent here to reflect Jesus Christ and point others to Him. We can also enjoy this Christian life to the fullest; serving, loving and bringing glory to Him and loving every single day that we are here and able to give back to God. But we also look up, knowing that no matter what happens in this life, we weren’t made for this world….we have a hope beyond this life.