My Peace

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Daily Reformation, Luke 24:36b-48

From the Reformer

As, then, Christ’s kingdom is spiritual, it follows that a tranquil and quiet state is promised here, not because no enemies shall disturb us or offer us molestation, but because we shall especially enjoy peace with God, and our life shall be safe, being protected by the hand and guardianship of God. Then spiritual tranquility is what is to be understood here, the fruit of which the faithful experience in their own consciences, though always assailed by the world, according to what Christ says, “My peace I give to you, not such as the world gives” (Jn 14:27), and again, “In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).

—John Calvin, Commentary on Jeremiah and Lamentations, (Jer 3:10)

Pulling It Together

How do they do it? The parents stood at the head of the coffin, greeting hundreds of mourners, some of whom wept uncontrollably. Yet mother and father were at peace. Some mourners commented, wondering how they kept their composure in such a tragic loss—the death of their child, herself a young mother.

Jesus provides the answer in the greeting of his disciples. He wishes them peace: “Peace be to you.” He means more than a simple wish for peace. Indeed, they know the peace will actually be there because he told them he would provide it. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful” (Jn 14:27). Even in what might merely be a simple, friendly greeting, Jesus gives more than you ask for; he does more than simply wish for you; he provides.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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