I am leaving peace for you. I am giving My peace to you. I am not giving to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Are you at peace? Or is it only a truce? Peace is lasting and permanent. A truce isn’t. How are things at home, work, or school? You’ve only got friends. No enemies or frenemies, right? You’re nice to everyone, to their faces and behind their backs. They’re that way with you, too, right?
Oftentimes peace in this life is only a truce. It’s temporary. Everything will be going great and then all of a sudden you do something, they do something, and then everything is not good. You’re fighting, you’re not talking, you’re not even friends anymore. You’re all alone. No one to trust except me, myself, and I. That’s a peace-less life.
That’s the life Jesus went through. The Son of Man didn’t have peace. He had some truces, but not lasting peace in this life. His own people rejected Him, the religious leaders handed Him over, His closest friends left Him. In fact, even His Father forsook Him on the cross!
He went through all of that for you. He endured what you endure. He suffered what you cause others to suffer. He takes all our sins, all the ways we mess up our relationships, and He sheds His blood for them. All those ways that we sin against those around us also set us apart from our heavenly Father. There Jesus makes true and lasting peace.
You have peace with God—lasting peace, eternal peace in Jesus. There are no temporary truces with Him. The blood of Jesus says so. God’s peace is passed along through you to your life, to those around you (your loved-ones, your friends, and especially your enemies).
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace” (Galatians 5:22). That’s the sort of peace Jesus gives. He gives you Spirit-filled peace, joy, and love through His death, and the power of His resurrection works those in you. They are yours. You’re baptized. You have the Spirit, you have Jesus and His lasting peace. In and through you, Jesus and the Spirit make sure those around you do, too. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Collect for Pentecost)