“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught” (John 14:25-27, The Message).
That’s one of my favorite things about Jesus. He never leaves us in the middle of our mess. He never looks at us in all our turmoil and travail and says something like, “Well, I wish you the best. Good luck with that!”
He physically left us, but He sent the Holy Spirit that can remind us of everything He said and did. Plus, the Holy Spirit is as much God as Jesus was and is. That whole trinity doctrine really messes with my mind and while I believe it, I still can’t really say that I fully grasp it. But that’s for another post.
Jesus never leaves us how He found us. He may have loved us as we were when He found us at our worst, but He didn’t let us keep wallowing in our mire and mud. He made us better. No, He made us brand new and a little more like Him each day. And His presence is still with us now as when He was here in the flesh.
He gave us peace. Not peace that means the absence of problems or freedom from storms or trials, but a calm assurance even in the midst of the worst raging winds and the trials that are too much for us to handle on our own. It’s peace that calms the child in the midst of the storm rather than calming the storm at the moment.
It’s not the kind of peace that the world gives — more of a numbing of the pain and a denial of the problem — but it’s the peace that surpasses understanding and comes from the Prince of Peace.