Wednesday, December 9th
“Last Will and Testament”
Passage: John 14:25-27
You no doubt have already written your last will and testament or maybe even rewritten it on multiple occasions. You want to ensure those left behind will know they are loved and entrusted with that which is dearest to you. You also take the greatest of care to establish guardians of your precious children whom you love with your whole heart and being. Jesus, likewise, was speaking his last will and testament to his disciples as he was preparing to leave them. He had no earthly possessions, but he speaks in verse 18 where he assures them that they will not be left as orphans for he will return for them. He promises that the Father will send an advocate, the Holy Spirit, to teach them and to remind them of all of the things that he has said to them. In verse 27 he says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
2020 has probably been the most challenging, uncertain, and confusing year that many of us and the entire world have ever experienced. We are not orphans and we are not alone. Jesus knew what we would be going through. We are royal heirs, children of the most high. Jesus left us the greatest inheritance of peace that passes all understanding, and we have the Holy Spirit to continually teach us, remind us, and comfort us in all things.
Prayer: Father, I am humbled to be your heir. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to lead me to truth and to life. In this season of celebration of the birth of your son, Jesus, I pray that I embrace the peace that is only found in you. Amen.