JESUS HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE.
HE BRINGS UNITY.
"When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when
sorrows like sea billows roll ... whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say,
"It is well ...
DAY 8 "The Face of an Angel"
Acts 6:15 (The Message)
"... Stephen's dying prayers were like his Master's. He prayed first, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." To Stephen, dying was only breathing out his soul into the hands of Jesus Christ! He knew it was not death--but life, that was before him. His body was being mangled and broken--but his spirit, his real self, could not be harmed. Beyond the strange mystery of death--Jesus waits to receive the departing spirit. Death is only a gateway through which the soul passes, and then life and glory burst upon the vision of the emancipated spirit.
Stephen's other prayer was also like his Master's. Jesus prayed for His murderers, "Father forgive them; for they know not what they do." Stephen, with the same spirit of forgiveness, pleaded for his murderers, "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." It is the old lesson of love for enemies taught over again.
Very beautiful is the picture of death which is given here: "He fell asleep." Sleep is death's new, sweet name! What a picture of peace the word suggests, right here in the heart and fury of the mob! In the midst of all the wild scene--Stephen fell asleep!" (from the link above, J.R.Miller)
* To get a full understanding of these "31 Days Revealing Jesus as Our Peace" and "Letting go ..." combination, you need to skim through the introduction on Day 1. The index of these 31 Days is available in many choices: either in the daily Blog Archive [to the right in the sidebar] or you can also check the Pages at the top MY ONE WORD and even CHALLENGES, as well as any of the labels below but the best one is Letting Go. I decided that in order to receive God's Peace, there are many things we need to LET GO of ... as you'll see if you continue along with me in this journey of 31 days.