“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Christ’s Legacy of Peace
(Please read John 14:27)
When Jesus uttered the words in this passage, he was making his parting bequest to his disciples. They had given up much of what the world had to offer in the way of physical comforts, popularity and easy living in order to be his followers. Now, as he was about to leave them, what should he give them? He could not offer them houses, lands, clothing or money, for he himself had “not where to lay his head.”
And although he had requested them to carry on his work for him, he could not assure them that they would be exempt from trials and persecutions. He plainly told them that he did not give as the world gave. But when his legacy is carefully considered, it will be seen that he did give them the thing that all other gifts aim at producing – namely, peace. The value of this gift is seen in that in Bible times, peace was the blessing that people commonly wished for one another, thus was often a form of greeting (“shalom”).
But Jesus did not simply say, “Peace be unto you,” as the world did. He actually made peace and gave peace. And what Jesus gave to his disciples, he still bestows on all his faithful followers, even in times of turmoil, dissension, upheaval, tension, trouble or war. It is the same peace that enabled Jesus to be serene in the face of danger. Paul exulted in it, writing, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1, NASB).
Let’s meditate more on this tomorrow. In the meantime, shalom.