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This week, 2000-some-odd years ago, marked the last week in the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He must have known what was coming--His imminent suffering, betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection. He surely anticipated that bitter end to His life of service, but faced it with bravery and love because He knew what that would mean for the rest of us, His brothers and sisters--freedom. Freedom from death, from hell, from being barred from the presence of our Heavenly Father. And He did it all for us.
With the weight of His responsibility crushing down on Him that last week, He did not seek to comfort Himself. As He had ever done, He turned outside Himself and gave these beautiful words of comfort to the hearts of His Twelve Apostles:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)I love Him. I love the peace He has left me. Whenever I am afraid or alone, whenever I am uncertain or can't seem to figure things out, I know I can rely on that promise of peace. My bitterness is replaced with inexplicable joy--"the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7). One young man long ago who had experienced the pains of sin described his conversion, his rescue by Jesus Christ like this to his son:
Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.Jesus is the fountain of sweet, pure, living water. And this weekend we commemorate His triumph over the bitter. If you have anything bitter in your life you want removed, I invite you to pray, study Christ's words, repent, and be baptized by someone who has Christ's permission to do so. Those bitter tastes can be replaced with the sweetness of redemption through Jesus Christ. I know they can.