Peace to You. There is no true peace apart from Christ! We were born into a world torn apart by sin where no peace could possibly exist, and yet Christ, with just three words, granted peace to the disciples.
19 Then, the same day at
evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where
the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and
stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He
had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples
were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again,
“Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
John 20:19-21, NKJV
Jesus had died and was buried in a tomb. What happened to His disciples, those who had faithfully followed Him while He walked and ministered to the people? They had assembled together behind closed doors, for fear of the Jews. The farthest thing from their mind at that time was peace. Christ knew their hearts, and He knew their fear; appearing to them in the room where they were assembled, He said, “Peace be with you.”
Was this really Jesus, or were they just seeing a vision? Jesus showed them His hands and His side, where the wounds were still visible. Yes, this was Jesus! They were truly glad when they realized that this really was the Lord.
There is no true peace apart from Christ! We were born into a world torn apart by sin where no peace could possibly exist, and yet Christ, with just three words, granted peace to the disciples. Now we know from our Bibles that the disciples were persecuted continually, and most of them were martyred for their faith. How, then, did they have peace? God gave the disciples the ability to see beyond their surroundings and joyfully live in peace, knowing that they were serving Christ.
This peace is available for all true Christians. For the Christian, God grants peace so that we may live above the world, but not in the world. Yes, the things of this world are stressful, and often times peace seems impossible to grasp, and yet the true believer knows that his life is ordered by God. We are only passing through this valley of death to a world where peace will exist forever more.
In Philippians 4:7, Paul said, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
This same peace is available to all believers today. No matter what struggles or hardships are coming our way we can live in the peace and joy of Christ. Even in a world struggling with morals, with continuing wars, and with political unrest, let us keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray, today, for the strength to walk in the spiritual peace given to you by God. Even as Jesus spoke to the disciples, so does he speak to all Christians, "Peace to You!"