Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21 (Context: John 20:1-31)
Peace. One word captures so much of what every person longs for. Think of the turmoil stirred in the hearts of the disciples since Gethsemane. How precious these words must have been to hear! But Jesus also said that they were to be sent the way Jesus had been sent. The Father had sent Jesus to crucifixion! How could they have peace contemplating a mission like that? Jesus, the Risen One, gave it to them.
- What fears steal peace from me?
- What does the Risen One’s blessing mean for me in that context?