The Chrismons… PAX

23 Jesus answered, “Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.24 Whoever doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word that you hear isn’t mine. It is the word of the Father who sent me.

25 “I have spoken these things to you while I am with you. 26 The Companion,[b] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you.

27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 You have heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away and returning to you.’ If you loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than me. 29 I have told you before it happens so that when it happens you will believe. 30 I won’t say much more to you because this world’s ruler is coming. He has nothing on me. 31 Rather, he comes so that the world will know that I love the Father and do just as the Father has commanded me. Get up. We’re leaving this place (John 14:23-31, Common English Bible).

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” At least one of the things we all seek is peace. We might call it peace of mind or peace at heart. It can be elusive to find and even harder to keep. The words from John 14:27 were Jesus reminding the Disciples of their real source of peace.

“PAX” is the Latin word for peace. As such it symbolizes God’s promise to those who choose to follow Jesus. When the angel announced our Jesus’ birth, the heavenly host shouted: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

This promise had actually been foretold centuries earlier when Isaiah wrote: “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given … and he will be called … Prince of Peace.”

For the believer, peace is not something for which we search. Peace is already ours.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Source: Christian Symbols Unlimited

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