"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."
- John14:27 NLT
The gift of peace that Christ left his disciples was not found in a box or stored in the closet. It was not even a tangible item. The peace of Christ came as a result of knowing Christ's true character and believing his message. Think about the things that the disciples were privileged to witness. They heard the parables, witnessed the miracles, and spent personal and private time together while traveling from place to place with Christ. In short, they learned to trust him because his life was a reflection of his message. How do we know they trusted him? They walked away from family, family businesses, and personal careers to follow him. They traveled miles and lived in harsh environments without proper provisions to be his apprentice. They wrote about the things they witnessed - blind men's sight being restored, dead people raised to life, water turned to wine, storms silenced at his command to mention a few.
You and I are now given the opportunity to look to Christ for this same peace. Do you trust Christ? Do you fully understand and connect with his character, his message? I challenge you to read the life of Jesus Christ from beginning to end as recorded in the four Gospels. Read the remainder of the New Testament to find out how Christ's life changed the lifestyles of people for decades. Then, read the Old Testament and the promises of God that were fulfilled in Christ's coming. The more you know him, the closer you are to him, the more peace you will have in him.