” Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you. ” John 20:21
After Jesus was being crucified, the disciples were very fearful and used to come and meet behind locked doors. They were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Jesus came and stood among them in the late Sunday evening to strengthen them to be his witnesses.
He said, ” Peace be with you, ” and showed them his hands and his side. Seeing Jesus, the disciples were filled with joy. Joy was at the hearts of the disciples encountering with his presence. Thus an encounter with Jesus always brings and gives rise to immerse inner joy. Jesus said to them again, ” Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you. ” Then he breathed on them and said, ” Receive the Holy Spirit. ”
Jesus, the risen Lord did not only wish the disciples his peace, he gave them his precious gift; the Holy Spirit, the soul of the church. To enable them to live a new way of life for the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins.
Where there is peace, there is love. Love is the presence of Christ and the good news for the world. The good news is the love of God; the Father, the forgiveness of sins and a peace only Christ can give. Jesus gave us his peace and he taught the sermon on the Mount, ” Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children! ” As children of God, let us make disciples for Christ to baptize them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Peace doesn’t mean troubles are absent, peace means God is presence.