Deuces: Peace I leave with You.


For a long time, urban vernacular has woven its way into the American lexicon. Like coined phrases from speeches or literature, society recognizes the value of phrases or gestures that capture an ideal succinctly. Today, I want to share one of those phrases. Really, it’s not a phrase. It is a word usually spoken in conjunction with a gesture. It is Deuces: Peace

Deuces: Peace I leave with You. While I do not intend to offend you or my Lord Jesus with the use of this term, it may connect with many of you. Oft, we are embroiled in conversations or spirited debates when time beckons us. It is time to go. We cannot continue the conversation. We end the conversation by saying “Deuces” and raising up two fingers as in Peace. This signifies to the person that you are leaving and all is well.

Again, I am not saying this was indicative of Jesus, but this is what I thought about as I read the verse in today’s text: John 14.

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

May I remind you that throughout this passage, even from the very beginning, Jesus had been telling His disciples that He was about to leave. He was returning to the Father. He had just told the disciples in the prior verse (26) that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, would attend to them in His absence.

Now, Jesus is saying to them Deuces: Peace I leave with You and to us that He has given us peace. I have read that Jesus had no fortune to bequeath (give to) His followers, but He gives them gifts that can’t be bought – the presence of the Holy Spirit and the presence of peace. How many a defeated lives would buy the power of the Holy Spirit if they could? How many distraught souls would buy the peace of Jesus? These can’t be bought; If you could, ask Robin Williams, but Jesus gives them as gifts to His people. Those who have chosen to follow Him. “All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace. ” (Thomas a’ Kempis). It is following Jesus that one has access to peace with God and the peace of God.

Again, He commands them to not let their hearts be troubled and not to be afraid to emphasize His expectation and our ability to carry out what He said. The gifts of the Holy Spirit and peace do not grant us exemption from the storms of life, but provide us the promise of Jesus’ power and Jesus’ peace to weather any storm. Remember Jesus’ Words in Matthew 7

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice(X) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Do you want to survive the storms of life? Follow Jesus, for He consistently tells His followers Deuces: Peace I leave with You.

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