Peace, I Leave with You

 

I just read about a brawl that broke out on Mother’s Day at a water park in Wisconsin Dells.  It started when one group took a chair from the table of another group.  Apparently not everyone has heard about “The peace that passes understanding” with which people are blessed at the end of a sermon.  Which means we have a lot of work to do in the world to get the word out about the peace which is present for everyone.

Martin Luther comments on Jesus words, in John 14, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

He does not leave them (the disciples) cities and castles, or silver and gold, but his peace as the greatest treasure in heaven and on earth. Jesus says, “I love you with all My heart and desire only your good, and My Father looks upon you most graciously.  This is the best gift I can leave to you.  For this is the highest peace, when the heart is content; as its is said ‘the joy of heart is the greatest of joys’; and again, ‘the sorrow of the heart is the greatest sorrow.’

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