Lent and peace

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

On the evening before Jesus’ suffering and death, Jesus taught his disciples many things, along with instituting the Lord’s Table and like a lowly slave, washing the disciples’ feet. He told them that trouble in this world is inevitable. It is in the warp and woof of things as they are in the present world, across the board. And this would especially be so in their following of him. Trouble would hit them beyond the normal trouble that afflicts all humanity.

It isn’t long in my life and experience that some troubling circumstance or thought comes and overturns whatever equilibrium I may have had. It can be either in a form of the common trouble of humanity in this present life, or it can be special, in terms of seeking to follow the Lord. Either way, it can end up being a kind of spiritual warfare, indeed the devil may well be in the details, seeking to hinder our walk and witness in Jesus.

That is when I turn to the Lord and look again to the gospel, always God’s power of salvation for everyone who believes. And we do well to turn again and again to the Lord’s words written for us which he shared with his disciples, so that in him they might have peace (note John 13-17). It is a gospel-centered peace, the good news in Jesus.

And so we’re bound to have some trouble in this life, in fact at nearly every turn. But we also have the Lord’s peace with us, which will break through come what may, as we trust in him and in the gospel, the good news he brings, not only for us, but for the world.

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