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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday November 3, John 14.27-31

John 14.27-31  27 Peace 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. 30I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

Thoughts:  Peace, Power, Fear.   All of these words evoke images and emotions.   Jesus promises to leave his peace, peace unlike what the world gives (for peace in this world is often tentative and always seems to be in jeopardy) and so his peace must be permanent and secure.   The peace of Christ that passes all understanding and allows us then to go forward not in FEAR but in love.   If only I could keep my heart from being troubled or from letting fear sneak its way into my life...but here I'm reminded that the peace that comes in Christ is the antidote for such anxiety and fear.    Finally, Jesus reminds his disciples that evil has no power over him, that what is about to happen, happens because it is the will of God and not the assertion of evil on an otherwise glorious plan!

Questions:  Do you sometimes give evil too much credit?  When have you felt the peace of Christ?

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