“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” (John 20:19)
The words “Peace be with you” cooled the hearts of the disciples. In the same way, these words make you also happy. It brings peace to your mind and to your family. Of all the blessings brought by Jesus Christ, the biggest is the ‘peace.’
The world is in disarray because of sin. Satan has sown anger and bitterness in the hearts of the people by spoiling the peace. Confusions and struggles were there everywhere. But the angels who appeared to foretell the birth of Jesus told the words ‘Peace be to the world.’ ‘Peace,’ the good news brought joy to the entire world through the birth of Jesus Christ.
How comforting was the preaching of Jesus Christ! How peaceful they were! Jesus said to the disciples who were worried “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
The disciples were further worried when Jesus was nailed on the cross and died. The sorrow over the death of Jesus on one side and on the other side was the fear over the Jews. They stayed at a locked house at Jerusalem but there Jesus stood in the midst and said: “Peace be with you.” To what an extent, those words would have comforted them!
Are you put into a closed room today? Are all the places and doors closed for you? Do the wicked men come against you? Do not worry. Whatever be the situation and whatever be the problem, one who commanded ‘peace’ standing in the midst of a locked room, says ‘peace be with you’ standing in the midst of them. One who is the Prince of Peace fills you with divine peace. The peace which Christ gives you flows like a river of peace. It is peace of God which surpasses all understanding.
Dear children of God, are you waiting for peace? Do you wish for the peace of God fill the whole of your heart? Never place your hope on a man whose breath is in his nostrils. Hold God firmly and rely upon Him alone. Isaiah the prophet says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
To meditate: “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house” (Luke 10:5).