Even though some places do not have official sanction to take time to celebrate this holy day, most of us will observe the day, if only on our own time. It is a day of comfort and joy.
Even though Jesus' disciples had opportunities to see Him, resurrected and in glory, for forty days after the days of terror and loss, they still did not understand the significance of His coming to earth and His work therein. Even on the Mount of Olives, just before He ascended, they were asking Him for an earthly focus: "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore Israel to glory, get rid of our enemies, and save us from persecution and troubles?"
Even then, Jesus was patient with them, and said that they needed just to trust and be obedient. They needed to do the simple things He told them, and keep their focus heavenward. He didn't promise them ease and comfort and freedom from problems on this earth. In fact, He said they should expect difficulties. Some would get more than others, but the norm would be to live in hardship, though they were always to expect God's care and provision and the sure promise of heaven at the end. This is the peace that Jesus left with them.
|My peace I leave with you; I go to prepare a place for you.|