May 18, 2015
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. (John 16:29-33)
Jesus knew that when His time came, fear would drive the disciples away. When He needed them most, they would desert Him. Jesus did not share this with His disciples to make them feel guilty and ashamed. He assured them that even when they had all left Him in His time of need, He was still not alone. God was with Him.
Jesus said, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.”
In such time of sorrow and loss, where does the peace come from for the disciples, and for us? For the disciples, there is peace in knowing that despite their abandonment of their friend, Jesus would persevere with the help of a loving God. For both the disciples and us, the peace comes from the knowledge that we are never alone. When we feel abandoned or are experiencing a time of darkness, God will be our companion and our light.