Lent – Day 16: Saturday, 6 March
25 ‘All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as coming from Father God. The Holy Spirit is not just a warm glow within – he (thank you for holding since Day 6) is active in building the person who receives him, and the church that welcomes him. He is a teacher who imparts knowledge, understanding and wisdom, and who reveals aspects of God as we need them.
During a certain confrontation Jesus sat drawing in the sand. His response to those who dared to entrap him blew them away in shame. I see Jesus waiting for wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Jesus was given all he required by the Holy Spirit. If he did not need the Holy Spirit’s prompting, leading and guiding then he wouldn’t be human like us, and therefore could not save us.
Ah, peace! Capture the warm glow of candlelight in the quietness of your own home at even-time, or sit on the beach and watch the ebbing sea tide. Dare I challenge you as to what God’s peace is? It is the calming voice in the middle of this pandemic. It is the assurance that God’s promises are true in the darkest prison-hovel in North Korea. It is that which sustains the emergency worker in the middle of a bombing. It is the knowledge of everlasting life to the terminal cancer sufferer.
God’s peace, brokered in Jesus, is not just a panic blanket. It is active, and builds the person up to withstand trouble, not to hide away from it. It is one of the most precious gifts, along with love and joy, that we can offer to this world.
How peace-filled are you?
How can you bring peace to your corner of the world?
How can your church fellowship bring peace to its neighbourhood?
Father God, teach me by your Holy Spirit to know your Son as the Prince of Peace. Fill my life with your peace that passes understanding so that I may enter under your covering into the struggle and strife of this world. Empower my church out of its bunker and into its neighbourhood. Amen.