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.
I imagined the disciples were troubled in their hearts and minds. They knew that Jesus would be violently taken away from them. They heard their Lord predict their coming cowardice, even that of the most outspoken of them. And if the enemies would dare come after and have victory over the Master, what hope was there for the servants? Yes, Jesus did tell them that he would rise again. But, in times of imminent danger and suffering, words of eventual victory are hard to hear.
In his wisdom and mercy, the Lord left his disciples with the gift of His peace. A peace that is His light that overcomes the world’s darkness. In John’s account of the Gospel, we don’t find Jesus expressing anguish and resolve in Gethsemane. He tells of a Lord who calmly goes forth to meet his fate. Before doing so, he gives the gift of this peace to his weak and fearful close friends. He gives something of great value to those who can least afford it. He gives His rock in the midst of a storm while he is about to go through his own storm so they could overcome theirs.
The peace of Jesus Christ is here for us today. The ability to face hardship with an overcoming sense of calm is available to all who follow and rely on him. Just as John, the Theotokos, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene found strength to remain at the cross; so can we find strength to withstand the heartbreaking sorrows of life. Just as He endured his brutal and torturous death, we can also go through hell on earth. His peace makes this possible. His peace has no price tag and is offered to all who follow and believe.
Accept the gift.