The Peace of Christ
23Jesus said, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace 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 let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”
suspicious everyday if this world we live in can offer us peace at all. All too often I find people trying to achieve peace by this worldly false sense of peace. We are tempted to find peace in what we own or how much money we can earn. In a culture of scarcity, we have been taught to be at peace with the things we are able to accumulate. The world has a crazy way of making peace too. Too often conflicts are won or lost by who has the strongest military, or the best diplomatic delegation. Might makes peace, is not really peace – it’s being a bully. But remember, Christ gives peace not as the world gives…. Which might be the best news of all.
Because God’s peace isn’t something you can earn or buy – or even find. It’s only something you can receive as a gift. In here we offer that peace each week – around a table as we take the gifts of bread and wine and offer the true presence of Christ. In the act of communion, the peace of Christ begins to make a home in us. That amid the chaos of the world we remember the night that Jesus was betrayed and the night he offered them a new understanding of peace. So that each time we gather at this table we too, might know peace.
Jesus gives us peace in a way that no other can. So perhaps this week we can share that peace in here, but more importantly, share it with those we encounter this week at work, at school, at the bus stop. Because as Paul says to the Philippians, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understating, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Amen.