May 1, 2016
The Peace of Christ
What does it mean to have “peace of mind”? Some might say that it means to have security. Some might say that means to have “their wits about them.” Others may say that it means that there is nothing to worry about.
In the Gospel lesson for today, Jesus is with the disciples in the upper room, having just celebrated the Passover meal and washed their feet. He is foretelling his death and resurrection and the coming of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. It is a very tenuous and scary time. Jesus and the disciples are wanted men. The authorities are seeking them in order to arrest them and put them to death. Peace is the last thing that they are expecting.
But during this very distressing time Jesus gives them his peace. He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Jesus knows that the disciples don’t really know what is happening to them and what will happen in the future. Jesus gives them peace of mind, if you will, that he will always be with them. God will always be with them. The Holy Spirit will always be with them.
The same is true for us today. No matter where we are, no matter where we go, no matter what we do, the peace that Jesus Christ gives us is always there for us. That’s what peace of mind means to me—the calming, soothing assurance that in the midst of chaos and turmoil there is a place where we can go to find comfort and tranquility. And in that place is the peace that only Christ can give us.
May Christ’s peace be with you.
Eric Renner, pastor, Shepherd of the Prairie Moravian Church,
Fargo, North Dakota