The Promise of Peace

I often use one or more Lectionary Bible readings in my Sunday devotionals, and this Sunday is no exception.

John 14:23-29 is the focus today as we move towards Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

‘All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.

‘You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

In this passage Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. He also promised his peace: 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.

This greeting of peace captured the spirit of Jesus’ work on earth to restore our relationship with God. The Cross, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and Pentecost are instrumental in achieving his work of bringing peace.

We live in troubled times, but we can receive his Spirit and experience his peace.

Note: In 2022, Ascension Day is Thursday 26 May and Pentecost is Sunday 5 June.

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