Peace Be Unto You

The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.  And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.  And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  But there were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

Luke 24:34b-37

The disciples were gathered together when they got the news that “the Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”  The men who had walked with Him on the road to Emmaus came in and told the eleven that it was indeed Him.  As they were telling their story and giving them the wonderful news that they had seen, walked and talked with Jesus, He appeared in their midst.  Apparently, His glorified body is not subject to the same laws of nature as ours are.  He was able to appear and disappear at will.  They were talking about Him, and He showed up in their midst.

The first thing that He told them was “Peace be unto you.”  I find that interesting.  Of all of the things He could have said to them, He chose “Peace be unto you.”  I believe that there are several reasons for this.

First, He wanted them to not be alarmed, as it says they were in the next verse.  It was Him: the same Jesus that they been with for years.  He had conquered death and was back in front of them.  There was no reason for them to fear.

Second, He wanted to calm their nerves and strengthen their faith.  I’m sure that they had seen their faith shaken a great deal during the mock trial and crucifixion of their Saviour.  But He was now here, to comfort, calm and reassure them.

Third, He wanted them to know that He was the source of their peace.  Romans 5:1 tells us, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  It is through Him and through Him alone that we can have peace with God.

The Saviour told His disciples the same thing He still tells us today: “Peace be unto you.”  What a wonderful Saviour!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for sharing about His peace today, Ben! A really fitting message for me right now! God bless you!


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