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Peace be with you pt 2

Peace be with you pt 2

Peace with God
The apostles were not in the most peaceful state when Easter Sunday dawned. Not only had they seen Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, but they also experienced their own weakness and lack of faith. Rather than hold on to his promise that he would rise again, they gave in to fear and doubt. Scattering at Jesus’ arrest, they hung back during his trial and crucifixion. Then they went into hiding, worried that the authorities would come after them. By all accounts, they had failed Jesus.

But when Jesus appeared, he didn’t bring up the painful, embarrassing events of the past few days. He didn’t even mention them! Instead, he just wished them peace.

Peace be with you
These words remind us of the words Jesus spoke to the woman caught in adultery. When all her accusers had walked away, Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more” (John 8:11). They also remind us of how Jesus responded when Peter said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). He didn’t join Peter in his negative self-appraisal. He didn’t recite a list of his sins and failings. All he said was, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men” (5:10).

In both these stories, and so many more, Jesus’ main goal was to show that he did not come into the world to condemn us but to save us (John 3:17). He didn’t want a relationship marked by vengeance, retribution, or anger. All he wanted was for us to be at peace with him.

to be continued...

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