“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”
Some years ago, at a Gospel meeting where I was preaching, a member gave her testimony. For years, she had searched for peace and contentment. She and her husband built up a successful business, so she was able to buy a big house, fancy clothes, and expensive jewellery. But these possessions did not satisfy her inner longings for peace. Then one day, she was invited by a friend to attend her church Gospel meeting. There she heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. There she found the Prince of Peace, and her understanding of true peace and contentment was forever changed.
Jesus spoke words of such peace to His friends after their last supper together (John 14), when He prepared them for the events that would soon follow: His death, resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Describing a peace—unlike anything the world can give—He wanted them to learn how to find a sense of well-being even in the midst of hardship.
Later, when the resurrected Lord appeared to the frightened disciples, He greeted them, saying, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19). Now He could give them, and us, a new understanding of resting in what He has done for us. As we rest in Him, we can find the awareness of a confidence far deeper than our ever-changing feelings.
Heavenly Father, You will keep in perfect peace all those whose minds are fixed on You. Help me to trust in You forever, for You alone are the Rock eternal. Amen.