“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.” —John 14:27
This is the first of a series of statements Jesus makes to prepare his disciples for his impending arrest and execution. They are about to be given the difficult and dangerous task of sharing the message that Jesus has risen to the very world that had Jesus executed.
Jesus wants them to remember what he has taught, to trust in the promises he made, and to seek a deep and authentic relationship with God. Jesus wants them to do this because it is doing these things that will allow them to experience the peace, confidence, and comfort that they desire and that the world can never provide.
This promise is extended to us as well. So let’s take hold of it and let the peace we experience be a testimony to the world around us.