“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Our Legacy of Peace
(Please read John 14:27)
When Jesus was taking leave of his disciples, only hours before the arrest he knew was imminent, it was time to give them a parting gift. What should he leave to these good men who had given up much in order to share the past three years with him? Material goods, to provide some of the creature comforts they had been so long without? A guarantee that in spreading his message they would not run into the kind of persecution that was about to take his life? Or perhaps fame and fortune?
Those possibilities might have seemed attractive to us, but Jesus said, “I do not give as the world gives.” And he chose something else – something he could give away and still keep, something that other gifts are intended to produce, often without success, and something without which other gifts are empty and unsatisfying. He gave the gift of peace.
It was that peace that enabled him to endure the pain and humiliation of the cross without anger in his heart or bitterness toward his enemies. And he made clear that having his peace was the opposite of having a troubled heart.
Not only was peace the legacy of the apostles; it is ours also. Peace is inherent in the Christian religion just as heat is inherent in fire.
Many people have made lots of money on books and other items designed to produce peace in troubled hearts. We have the real thing, from the true Source. Let’s be thankful for it, hold on to it, and do our best to help others claim the same great gift.