A Legacy Of Peace
Six days before the Jewish Passover, Jesus and His disciples came to Jerusalem. At the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples then opened His heart and talked with them.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27 NKJV). Knowing that His time was short, He gave them a legacy of peace.
Jesus emphasized "My peace" and contrasted it with the kind the world offers. Jesus was the picture of tranquility even though He knew the storm was about to break. The day before Jesus met with the disciples, He had driven the money changers out of the temple, making enemies who wanted to kill Him.
He also knew that the disciples would flee in the face of danger and confrontation and that Judas would betray Him. Yet Jesus remained steadfast and resolute, displaying the opposite of panic - peace. And He stands with arms outstretched today with the same message to His own, "My peace," He says, "I give to you."
As we begin a new year, if there is one answered prayer that I might have, it would be for God to give our troubled world lasting peace, and for you as His child to know His peace - the kind that Scripture describes as going beyond human understanding (Philippians 4:7).
In the Upper Room, Jesus gave you a legacy of peace. Find out about it. Discover this answer to your troubled heart that will help you survive any storm.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27