The peace Jesus gives us helps us cope with the troubles of life
REV. SAMUEL BOODLE
Published: May 23, 2013
“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.”
– John 14:27
Last Sunday was Pentecost Day, the day which is celebrated as the day on which the Christian Church began. Pentecost means “50th.” On the 50th day after Easter our Lord sent the Holy Spirit, as he had promised.
The Spirit or the Counselor appeared in tongues of fire and rested on the heads of the disciples, giving them special powers. They received courage and strength from the Spirit, and immediately began preaching the crucified and Risen Christ to the people of Jerusalem.
Even though the disciples were a group of unlearned men, the Spirit gave them the utterance to proclaim God’s word boldly on the first Pentecost Day. People of varied tongues were able to hear God’s word in their own language. Subsequently, more than 3,000 people came to faith in a single day.
In the text, Jesus was meeting with his disciples, in person, for the last time. As he made preparation to return to his Father in Heaven, he imparted a special peace to the disciples. He gave them a peace unlike any we can get or negotiate here on earth. This peace gives hope and comfort.
The peace which Jesus gave to his disciples is also for us today. As we continue to build God’s kingdom here on earth, we are to share hope and comfort with all people.
Today more than any time in our existence, the people of The Bahamas need the peace of comfort and hope, which Jesus continues to give through his Spirit of truth. We in the church are the dispensers of this peace and hope.
Fortunately for us, we do not have to negotiate this peace nor do we have to wait for some human official to give it to us. This is a gift from God to us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Therefore, no one can take it away from us. No one can misrepresent or cheat it away from us. We don’t have to rely upon politicians, governments or lawyers to get it for us. This peace came in Jesus’ will to us and to all who call upon his name.
To his disciples and all who would follow, he left that which is infinitely better than anything on earth. He left his peace. “My peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives.”
This peace which he gave to the disciples and which has come down to us through the apostles, is a peace which demonstrates love. It is a peace with God, and peace with one another. This our Lord purchased for us with his precious blood on a cruel cross.
When we find this peace, we can live with ourselves and with others. This world of woe, sorrow and pain becomes more tolerable for us. It helps us to cope during times of difficulty.
This peace comes to us through the working of the Spirit of truth within us. This is the Spirit Jesus referred to as the Counselor. The Spirit calls us to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He is the one who teaches us God’s truth. He is the one who sustains us in the faith.
As we celebrate the coming of the Counselor on Pentecost Day, we give thanks to God for the Spirit of truth. He calls us and gives us the faith to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord. We give thanks to a gracious God who has kept his promise and provided for our salvation.
He gave us a promise in Jesus and he has kept that promise. The Counselor has come. He keeps us in the truth of God’s word and guides us in faith. The peace, which Jesus gives us, helps us to cope with the troubles of life, in times of ill health and family tragedies. Yes, we can cope because we have a peace from God, which goes beyond human understanding. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.