“I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.” (John 14: 27, the Message Bible)
Jesus left his disciples with a blessing. He assured them that his parting would not be a loss of anything good and saving. They would be whole and peaceful.
Jesus knew that it was the Christ, that message of God’s Oneness and Love, that had changed those individuals. He knew that this active ideal, this living presence, would never leave them. Or any of us.
God’s Love and Life, expressed so beautifully through His son, Jesus, is a Truth that is not found or lost in a physical personality. When we rely on people as our salvation, as our answer to well-being, their loss can feel like abandonment, like we are needy and alone. But Jesus was telling us that we are always whole. We can’t lose the presence of God’s Love, and it is this very Love that we see reflected in those individuals we hold dear.
God’s Love abides and endures. The Christ-Truth that tells us of our own relationship to God as His sons and daughters, is always here and powerful. Don’t be upset. You are never left without God’s protection and affection. Jesus’ glorious promise is now at hand for you and for all.
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