“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.”
Outwardly, Christ endured one of the most troubled lives ever lived. He suffered storm after storm, turmoil after turmoil. Especially in his last days. Wave after wave broke over Him until His worn body was laid in the tomb. Yet in His inner life there was always a great calm.
Anyone who went to Him found rest…and even as people dogging Him in the streets of Jerusalem, He turned to His disciples, offering them His final legacy: “Peace.”
That peace (inner calm) is what we must all desire. But sometimes we get it wrong. It is not some holy feeling that comes upon us in church. It is a state of calm rising from a heart deeply and firmly established in God.
Our daily prayer should be that the peace of Christ’s will be with us especially in the times of our deepest grief…
That when our prayers seem lost, and unheard, we will find His peace. That when we are left alone His peace will accompany us. That we may have peace in Christ when enemies blame us and when our nearest friends betray us. Amen