The Jewish leaders were determined
to destroy any trace of its leading antagonist, Jesus Christ, the One
the people were calling the King of the Jews. They thought they would
accomplish this by slaughtering His followers.
It was a troubled world for the early church. Persecution and adversity
were on every hand, and yet the disciples of Jesus had the strength and
the will to continue as long as Jesus was in their midst.
But their world was suddenly shattered when Jesus said, "It is expedient
for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come
unto you" (John 16:7).
Peter, always the headlong, reckless one, asked, "Lord, why cannot
I follow thee now?" (John 13:37). Although Peter yearned to be with
Him, the Lord knew that Peter and His disciples were afraid, so He said,
"The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send
in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 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 14:26-27).
We live in a world that is desperate for peace. War, violence, and catastrophe
are on every hand, and fear has reached an all-time high. Many are seeking
for every form of relief imaginable—drugs, the occult, palm readers. Humanistic
cultures have sprung up across the nation to help soothe the escalating
fear in the hearts of humanity. Never in the history of mankind has there
been so much sickness and disease. New diseases are forming far too rapidly
for medical science to find cures. Mental illness is soaring off the charts
and people are losing hope. Many are succumbing to death or to the hopeless
escape of suicide.
Where is the answer?
The answer has always been in the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.
The Lord kept His promise and sent the Comforter to His disciples. "Then
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the
gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).
Did Peter find peace for his troubled, fearful heart? Yes! Peter and others
who received the Holy Ghost traversed the known world spreading the gospel
of Jesus without fear—and the church grew.
God never intended for us to face this world without the Comforter. In
His kingdom there is no shortage of peace! Friend, are you troubled by
fear? Is your world crashing around you? Are you unable to find hope or
tranquillity? Then seek Jesus the Comforter and He will speak peace to
your troubled mind and heart today! •