From Easter Sunday until the Ascension Jesus emphasized in his discourses with the disciples the absolute necessity of the Word. Soon he would remove his visible presence. The closer they are to his Word, the closer they will be to him. He opens the Scriptures so that they finally understand; without that miracle of the effective Word all remains darkness and foolishness. For how impossible everything he promised appears to reason! But with the effective Word, it all becomes both clear and powerful even beyond the creation of faith. We see clearly what our God has done and what he brings… peace. Peace with God that now motivates us to share that peace with the world. Because he died, because he lives, we have peace!