Jesus said, as recorded in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
I read about this retired couple who became overcome by the threat of nuclear war to the point that they undertook a serious study of all the inhabited places on the globe. Their goal was to determine the place least likely to be affected by war—a place of ultimate security and peace. They studied and traveled, traveled and studied some more until they finally found the place. And so in 1981, they moved to their new home—the Falkland Islands. In case you have forgotten, their “paradise” became an intense war zone in 1982 between Great Britain and Argentina.
Ultimately, peace is a person—Jesus!
This idea of peace comes about in John 14-16 in several ways. First, in John 14:6, Jesus declared about Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” This is a reference about the way to Heaven. Peace with God and eternity in Heaven is through Him. I am convinced that we will never arrive at peace about this life until we have peace about the life to come in eternity. This is the starting place to real peace.
Second, this idea is communicated in the role of the Comforter throughout John 14-16. He wanted the disciples to be comforted to know that He is always with them, and the Holy Spirit would provide this. If peace is in Him and He is here, we can have peace in a relationship with Him. That leads us to the third communication of peace being in a person.
John 15 tells us about how to remain in relationship with the one who gives us peace. We are “to abide” or “remain” in Him. Again, the relationship brings the peace.
Here’s the bottom line. You can search for peace in a lot of things—relationships, money, hobbies, or the absence of problems. You can even move away to the Falkland Islands, but only one thing brings peace. Real peace is in a person.