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In John 20:19-23 Jesus said to the disciples, \”Peace be with you.\” Curiously, he said it to them twice. Why twice? You would think that one time would have been enough, no? What happened? Did they not hear Jesus the first time he said, \”Peace be with you\”?
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In this teaching over John 20:-19-23 I share a sermon idea with you based on this passage where Jesus told the disciples, \”Peace be with you.\” Did I mention he said \”Peace be with you\” twice? I mention it again because there’s actually a pretty important reason that Jesus said \”Peace be with you\” twice.
As you’ll learn in this teaching, the reason Jesus said \”Peace be with you\” twice has to do with the meaning of the word \”peace.\” Well, maybe not so much the meaning of \”peace\” as the concept of \”peace.\”
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When you know Jesus Christ as your savior, there will be peace in your life.

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“Peace Be With You”

Resurrection: Signs of Life and Love

“Peace Be With You”

Ivy Anthony

Jun 07, 2020

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Part 1: Wounded Nation

Good morning, my friends. It’s good to be with you today.

We are in the midst of two pandemics. The Covid-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of at least 107,000 people in the United States.

And we are in the midst of a racism pandemic.

And we grieve. Oh we grieve, the exponential loss of black lives. We grieve so recently the loss of Breonna Taylor – who’s 27th birthday, would have been this past Friday. We remember and say her name once again today, Breonna Taylor.

This racism pandemic is one that has plagued our nation since it’s birth.

And so not surprisingly the vulnerabilities and inequities laid bare by the covid pandemic have fallen hardest on Black bodies. Revealing to us how we have long been deeply sick as a nation, with no balm for the aching.

As the delayed waves and ripples of awareness make their way across our country uncovering where we have left the wounds of black people raw and untreated, for 400+ years – we have a lot to learn about the power and the tenderness of wounds. …how to let our black siblings rest – and how to get at the underlying work of dressing those wounds.

We are a wounded nation. And we have long been a wounded nation.

On Monday this week our family talked of vigils, rallies, marches which ones we would be a part of in the days to come – realizing what a privilege it is to have the luxury of choice. A part of – what that means… to be in solidarity to be an ally? What we could be a part of changing…. We talked around all of these points – but hadn’t acutely brought Jesus into the conversation.

My daughter interrupted and asked, “But does it really matter if we pray? I mean it’s been so long, people have been praying for so long – and it seems like nothing has changed – nothing is working. So does it matter?”

Scott and I reflexively went into a discourse on prayer, “well – it depends on how you think about prayer, action v. sitting at the periphery… blah, blah, blah…and how our own experiences of faith in our past have led us down these different paths of prayer.”

And she interrupted again and said, “Stop – I want you to answer my question – does prayer matter?”

Such a disruptive question.

A question that holds within it the bewilderment of what she bears witness to. Such deep pain, wounding in the world – and the truth of what she knows of God – to help… and yet calling out that this mode of prayer – does not seem TO WORK.

We need to start paying attention to, and listening to the voices that say, “Things aren’t working”… whether it’s a 13 yr old – or the wounded crying out in pandemics – or a disciple like Thomas, (who we will spend more time with this morning). Because these voices will be what HELPS us into building/creating alternative landscapes of care in our world – that hold both the power of the resurrected and wounded Jesus.

[PRAYER] God, show us what’s in these wounds. Invite us into the most intimate, deepest, HARD & messiest parts of ourselves and others. Help us to keep pressing in – to listen and learn – so we can move trusting that this is where you reside also.

Part II: Scripture

Let’s read together the story of the disciple, Thomas. I invite you into this ancient story this morning – to see how it translates to your own unique, story… let’s read together:

John 20:19–29 (NIV) 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger [IN] where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


Jesus has just died. The disciples’ wounds of grief, and despair are so raw. And they are sheltering themselves in a room, they have retreated in fear of the leaders who demanded Jesus’ death, and are still circling – looking for Jesus followers. And so the disciples go back to the last place they were with Jesus alive. To find peace. ..

You see these disciples had imagined and believed for a world that was not governed by state-sponsored violence. They had dared to dream and to hope for a world where flourishing of humanity would lend itself to equitable life…a world where healing could be realized for everyone.

They believed IN resurrection.

Yet instead they saw death. Death on the cross of their friend and teacher, their rabbi. And with his death, the dying of their own vision and dreams – for this new kin-dom of God.

And so here they are in a liminal, in-between space, this waiting room. WAITING.

Their grief is so much though, and maybe doubt is creeping in too – this waiting space between death and hope is hard to be in – when everything is atrociously the same as it was the day before.

What the disciples want in this waiting room is, “peace”. A version of peace that allows them an escape from the loud threats, a place to quiet their inner turmoil and grief, a temporary loss of sensation – some numbing agent – some anesthesia. They want a version of resurrection to burst into that room, like the sun – shining with warmth and permeating, obvious hope… not a version of resurrection that in it’s sunbeams reveals the injustice and suffering of the world, as abundant as dust particles. And they ask their own disrupting questions at that familiar table, “What is resurrection then? What is peace?”

And then their answer comes. Jesus appears to them from behind these locked doors. Resurrection in the flesh. With Bleeding, Open, Raw wounds – embodying the very thing they don’t want to see aymore – the wounds of injustice… but saying the very thing they hoped for, “Peace be WITH you”. A bewildering picture, but one they immediately notice as their Lord.

Part I(b) – revisited: US

We too – are in a waiting room my friends. This inbetween place… Where like the disciples we are witnessing death and waiting for resurrection.

The kind of resurrection that Jesus brings is one with the promise for tomorrow, a way forward when it only looks like dead-ends – an upheaval of unjust systems – flipping tables and turning everything on its head…it’s hope. It’s resurrection.

But it’s messy and gritty and it will require us to be close to pain. Now for . And move. And act in love.

Jesus likes to disturb, surprise and provoke- to roll back stones, and bust through walls .

He asks us to do the same. He breathes the HOLY Spirit on to these disciples – to send them out into the world – to create a new humanity – to birth something different. New.

And so, instead of “waiting” behind closed doors – Jesus shows us in this scripture how to bring resurrection to our world… and that is to not give in to despair -and not deny the pain – but to get close to the wounds – “proximate to pain”, as Bryan Stevenson the author of Just Mercy tells us.

Many of you who inhabit black bodies, know this pain by lived experience. And my words to come are not to ask you to inspect your pain – you know it so well. My words are for my white siblings to come and lean in closer – but not by probing black people for information, adding a fresh layer of trauma –

But by asking one another these disrupting fundamental questions – like “does prayer matter?”, “Is America possible?” “what do i feel or not feel?” “ IS Jesus alive?”

And with the breath of the Spirit, discover the answers – by walking them out – by going into the wounds of our country, by getting closer, to look at them deeper in ourselves – and follow Jesus in standing in solidarity with the pain of the world around us. We need to try to continue to agitate ourselves to be proximate to the pain.

So that we can look at such pain, such wounds in Jesus’ hands, his feet, his sides… such pain in our nation, and say STILL – HE IS ALIVE… that is resurrection.

Because to be proximate and ask questions – will help bust down long standing walls and structures. And seeing the risen Jesus reminds us that the power of love can not be deadened within us.

Part III: Thomas & doubt:

Thomas loved Jesus so much. He cared so much for the power of resurrection that could be brought to the world.. And he does not shy away from asking the uncomfortable questions – earlier in this gospel, he says to Jesus, “NO, I don’t know where you are going? How are we to know where you are going?” And here in this scripture we see Thomas say to his friends, “Really? You have seen the Lord? Is it so that Jesus is alive? I must see it for myself.”

Because, I doubt it.

This is vulnerable work. He too, witnessed the injustice, the violence the brutality -the death of his teacher, Jesus. And he too knows that Jesus said he would come back, resurrect. He cares so much that this be true, for himself and humanity – that he can’t just stand on the outside and passively accept it as true.

So he says, “I must see and touch the wounds.” The power of vulnerability, how to not just go close to pain and injustice, but to know more about it – to press into it….

A friend of mine says that, “Doubt is the friend of questions and the teacher of truth”. (Padraig O’Tuama). Perhaps Thomas’ disruptive question here, “Is Jesus alive?” – unveils the truth – that yes, Jesus is alive – and this alive-ness looks like resurrection and woundedness.

Doubt, questions are vulnerable – because they challenge the status quo. The word vulnerable from the Latin word, “vulnus” – means “wound.”

So it makes sense that Jesus’ response to Thomas’ doubt, invites him to touch his wounds, a vulnerable action. If we re-read the words of Jesus – in these verses – we see that Thomas’ need for proof didn’t strike Jesus as a challenge – but was an invitation for Thomas to open up, to be vulnerable to go deeper. “Put your finger [IN] here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it INTO my side. Stop doubting and believe.” COME IN, Thomas. COME IN from the periphery of the room, the periphery of your faith. Faith in me, is getting close to the pain, the wounding, – within yourself too.. because from here is where the gospel resides and goes forth.

Doubt, our disruptive questions….. are our faculties for understanding what’s about to happen and where we need to go. Jesus says, go to the “wounds”. Go to the places, the people, the cracks where hurt is, pain, discomfort is – and embody Jesus there. BE a prayer there.

Our prayers, our dreams, our hope are birthed often from the spaces where wounds are, where we’ve paid attention to what’s hurting, learned of the injustices, how these wounds were caused.

My daughter’s question at the table – revealed to me, a peripheral version of prayer. A way to shelter behind a word, like the disciples, locked behind doors – hoping for “hollow peace”.. .removed from the debris, the noise, the ache of life. ..” These words prayer, peace – hold no vision if they aren’t embodied…

Proverbs 29:18 says that, “where there is no vision, the people perish” – but Jesus reminds me as he busts through locked doors and hearts – that he and WE can embody both resurrection and woundedness – we can call for justice and peace – and in this people LIVE.

Thomas shows us that the vision that he and his fellow disciples had for the kin-dom of God ..the dreams they held of sharing the good news with so many – the hope they had for a more just world… would only be birthed when they became embodied…. When they took on flesh, broken, wounded flesh.

Today I ask to touch Jesus’ wounds – his hands his feet his side. Because I grieve today – I have grief upon grief … because I need to know that he is tender, and alive in this crazy waiting room of life – where I strain to see resurrection. And I ask to touch Jesus’ wounds as a prayer – to draw me from the periphery of my “stilted” faith, to active faith.

How many of you today, are walking around with fresh wounds?

How many of you have wounds that have been gaping and aching for a long, long time?

Part IV: “Peace be with you”

Jesus says, “Peace be with you.” “Peace be with you.”

This peace goes beyond what the disciples were hoping for when they went into that upper room. This peace is a deep call, an embodied prayer. Birthed from known places of woundedness and injustice. And from a place where the HOLY SPIRIT breathes her powerful breath.

I invite as Jesus does – for those black siblings among us who need peace to be REST.. to rest. To find peace in the familiarity and comfort of trusted friends. And I am inviting those who CAN to find peace in action. To act, to go out and disturb unjust peace – on behalf of those who need rest.

Peace be with you, as you move OR as you rest. For those of us who move – know that peace is not an escape from what is hard, or from what is loud, or painful – but it is a way into the wounds with hearts and eyes and ears wide open. It’s not a word to shelter under, to stay separate from the world. It is what we pray for to STAND IN the wounds, it’s what we pray for to CALL out injustice, it’s what we embody when we get proximate to those who ache, are tired and hopeless. PEACE is a strong, powerful, ACTIVE force that generates and binds us to one another, that helps us resist numbness and keeps us intimately engaged.

So many of us wish to return to normal, rush to regain a sense of previous familiarity. But if the therapists among us are right – we will not return to “normal,” ever again..we will forever be marked by this time… And if the black voices among us are right – we should not want to return to “normal” ever again.

So it is time for us to come close to Jesus, with our doubt, to get intimate, vulnerable, to be uncomfortable…. Not just intellectualize or create policy or laws to help thwart pain and injustices… BUT use our bodies to speak -and drive justice…to change hearts and heal. THIS IS why I think JEsus says “peace be with you.” We can’t feel that peace, without justice… and we can’t feel that justice without going to the source of the pain..

What will we shape, imagine, dream, vision for – and how will we pray? What will we embody?

What do our mouths ask for? – and how will our own bodies/our flesh be part of the answer?

Thomas shows us where to begin – with the wounded, resurrected Jesus.

The one who holds the whole world in his hands. The pain and joy and trauma and beauty – and asks US to also hold it too – asks US to embody him in the world .

May we greet today as resurrected and wounded people, and may we be greeted by Jesus at every turn saying “peace be with you”. “Peace be with you.”

Ending Prayer:

I’m thankful today for how my daughter pushes me to pray connected to wounds and resurrection in my body…. and how the scriptures echo her thoughts, “not to pray like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues – (and in front of churches) – and on the street corners to (merely) be seen by others.” Matthew 6:5…..but to pray,

9 “Oh God, Divine parent of us all – *in whom is heaven* (New Zealand Prayer Book).

Holy, Loving, wounded one is what we call you.

May your love be enacted in this world THROUGH us.

and may you be our LIVING guide to create the world now, and as we imagine it to be.

11 Give us what we need to do this work – today, our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us – Oh God, deliver us – from the evil one.’

Peace be with you. Peace be with you. Peace be with you – today, my friends.

“Peace Be With You” ~ sermon for Sunday, April 8, 2018

Our gospel reading this morning continues the story of Easter evening as we near the end of John’s gospel.

The disciples are hiding in a locked room, huddled in fear of what fate might await them.

There are ten disciples present.

Judas has killed himself and Thomas is not there.

Hear now a reading from the book of John 20:19-29.

Here ends the reading of God’s holy word. May God add to our hearing and understanding, God’s blessings.

Please pray with me.

Ever-present God, who by the power of the Holy Spirit transforms us individually and as a church to be your dwelling place, confront us here in the midst of our doubts, grant us your peace while we face our fears, and increase our trust that we may embrace life in all its fullness.

Speak to us now the word that we need, empowering us to be a unifying presence in our broken world.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.


What a joy it is to be able to share this Good News with you!

It feels comforting and empowering to be able to say to you:

No matter what you have done; what lies you have told; what deceit you have engaged in; what judgment you have professed; what fear has you paralyzed; what anxiety plagues you – Jesus comes and stands right in the middle of it and offers you ‘Peace.’

‘Peace be with you’ he says to the group of people who deserted him and left him to die, nailed to a cross!

‘Peace be with you’ he offers to Peter the liar and Thomas the doubter.

Cyril of Alexandria, writing in the 5th century said:

“When Christ greeted his holy disciples with the words, ‘Peace be with you,’ by peace he meant himself, for Christ’s presence always brings tranquility of soul. This is the grace Saint Paul desired for believers when he wrote, ‘The peace of Christ which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.’ The peace of Christ which passes all understanding is in fact the Spirit of Christ, who fills those who share in him with every blessing.”

Put yourself in this story.

You are locked in a room somewhere in Jerusalem with at least ten other people trying to understand what has happened to the prophet you have been following for the past few years.

You have been witness to a riot, a murder, and have heard reports of a resurrection.

How do you wrap your head around that?

It is no wonder that the disciples were frozen in place.

What do you think you would do?

Are you the type of person who would take charge and organize the team to get back on track?

Would you, perhaps like Thomas, go out to buy food, distracting yourself from the enormity of the situation by attending to details?

Could you envision yourself praying under these circumstances?

Of course, we have no way of knowing what we would do in the face of such trauma but we surely can feel some empathy for this group.

I’m always intrigued by the fact that they are still in the locked room a week after Jesus has appeared and breathed the Holy Spirit into them.

Jesus sends us out into the world, to put our hands on the marks of its suffering, to bring good news and hope to all of God’s children.

This is the mission of the church: to love the world.

Writer Parker Palmer says, “the mission of the church is not to enlarge the membership, not to bring outsiders to accept your terms, but simply to love the world in every possible way–to love the world as God did and does.”

We may feel overwhelmed on this Second Sunday of Easter, like those disciples one week after Easter, even though we have experienced the risen Jesus.

We may feel like locking our doors and hiding out.

Indeed, it’s a great temptation in the life of the church to huddle behind massive, beautiful doors, to hide out from a world in pain and great need, and to make our faith a personal, private thing that has nothing to do with that pain or that need.

In Tuesday’s daily UCC devotion Molly Baskette reflected on how we trap ourselves in Satin-lined coffins.

She said: “Christians pay a lot of lip service at Easter-time to “putting death to death.” In other words, affirming that: we love to be alive!

But do we, really? She quotes her spiritual director as saying “we love our satin-lined coffins. It’s cozy and predictable in here. Death, as it turns out, does not actually have much of a sting. It’s life that hurts, with all its uncertainty, intense feelings, learning curves throwing us for a loop.

In the coffin, we know exactly where the boundaries are. We are In Control. In a thousand little ways we have made absolutely certain that our lives will be deliciously safe and homeostatic, even though, in the natural world, the only things that don’t change are dead.”

I do not particularly want to envision my life as taking place in a coffin or a locked room.

I want to embrace the charge from Jesus that we go out into the world, sharing the peace and love that have been breathed into us with others.

Among the miracles Jesus performed I do think forgiving this group of frightened disciples is the greatest.

I feel blessed to know that Jesus, the miracle worker, the great forgiver is going to offer me the peace of Christ which passes all understanding; that peace that will guard my heart and mind.

But I also feel compelled to try and live in such a way that I won’t need too much forgiveness.

I want to model my life after Jesus, not Thomas, not Peter.

While it is comforting on some level to know that the disciples were no stronger than we are, I want to reach for a higher standard.

I want to figure out new ways to spread God’s love in the community…in the world.

We are an Easter people.

We have been gifted with the Holy Spirit.

We have been graced with faith.

Our challenge is to figure out how we live out this responsibility.

I believe that we must start by getting out of our satin-lined coffins and locked rooms and into the world.

We must seek opportunities to spread God’s love.

We must work for peace and justice in the world.

And most importantly, we must orient ourselves so that we find joy in serving.

God is not interested in those who serve because they must…God is looking for people who are bursting with love that needs to be shared.

I want to close with the prayer of St. Francis which sums it all up:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Let us pray.

Gracious, loving, forgiving God we thank you for the blessings you bestow upon us.

Help us to understand how to use those blessings to manifest your love in the world.

Grant us the grace to venture out of our locked rooms, into the streets, searching for neighbors who need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Remind us over and over again that we are an Easter people, children of the resurrection, instruments of your peace.

Hear our prayers this morning for those whom we love.

For those who are sick, we pray for healing.

For those who mourn, we pray for comfort.

For those who are trapped in locked rooms of addictions, anxiety, fear and hatred, we pray that the breath of your Holy Spirit will set them free.

We pray that the peace that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds.

We turn to you now in the sacred silence of this Meetinghouse with the silent prayers of our hearts…Amen.

Peace Be With You

Romans 10:9–17 NLT

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “LORD, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Peace Be With You – North Hills Church

I want us to think for a moment about that statement Jesus made in John 20, “Peace be with you.” Why did he say that? He had just risen from the dead. He had appeared to a few of his followers. But here in John 20, in this next section, he is standing before the majority of his disciples, and the first words out of his mouth in John 20, “Peace be with you.”

Now, some might say that’s just the normal Hebrew greeting. Jesus was simply greeting like anyone else would greet, and it’s true. Today in Israel “shalom aleichem” is still a common greeting. But there seems to be something more here because he repeats it three times. Verse 19, “Peace be with you”; verse 21, “Peace be with you”; verse 29, “Peace”; 26, “Peace be with you.”

Why is Jesus so intent on giving away peace? I think there are some clues in the text. Let me suggest a couple: One — because the disciples were unsettled — unsettled, anxious, fearful, agitated, even alarmed. Why? Well, verse 19 tells us they were hiding behind locked doors for fear of the Jews. They had seen Jesus be betrayed, arrested, humiliated, executed. And they knew they could be next, and they were fearful. And then suddenly, their nerves already ramped up, Jesus suddenly appears. No doors were opened; no locks were unlocked. There he is. And his first words — “Peace be with you.” They were unsettled.

Second reason he was so intent on giving away peace is they were unqualified. What do I mean by that? Look at verse 21. He said, “Peace be with you” again, but this time it appears to be connected to his plan to send them. Look at verse 21.

“As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

And then he goes through a kind of dress rehearsal, a dry run to the commissioning he will enact later on. And then the filling of the Spirit on Pentecost … He breathes on them right after saying, “Peace be with you.” Now, why? What does “peace be with you” have to do with their feelings of being unqualified? Well, they knew what it was like to feel like failures.

Right at this moment, they were probably vacillating between two extremes. One, just a feeling of inadequacy — when Jesus needed us most, we fled and failed. And a feeling of gullibility. We trusted him. We left everything for him, and look where we are. Peter had denied Jesus three times. They had all scattered. And Jesus has no interest in fueling their going with things like, motivations like guilt, or fear of failure, or a sense of inadequacy. He has no interest in their being insecure. So, what does he say to them? “Peace be with you.” Do you see the significance? They haven’t done anything. They haven’t proven themselves. And he is saying, I’m giving you peace before you prove yourself, before you earn anything, before you vindicate yourself. No, no, no! Right now! “Peace be with you” even in your sense of inadequacy.

Third, they were not only unsettled and feeling unqualified, they were unconvinced. Look at verses 24-29. Especially Thomas, but we know from the other gospels, there were other followers who were still unconvinced, as well. Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared. He was down at the local cafe reading Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion. And he said in verse 25, he insisted to the other disciples,

“Unless I see in his hands the mark of his nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

And now, eight days later, the doors once again are locked, and Jesus once again appeared, and his first words to Thomas — “Peace be with you.” And then he turns to Thomas specifically and says, Thomas, “put your fingers right here.” Feel that?

“Put your hand right here. Do not disbelieve, but believe. And Thomas exclaimed, ‘My Lord and my God!’ And Jesus said, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”

Do you see what Jesus is doing in these three offerings of peace? He is giving peace to people who don’t have it — people who feel unsettled, people who feel unqualified, people who are unconvinced. “Peace be with you.”

But there’s one more reason I believe Jesus is so insistent on giving away peace. And it’s the umbrella reason that covers all these other three reasons. And you could summarize it simply “because he said he would,” because he said he would. Three days earlier in the upper room, John 14:27,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

I’m going to give you my peace. It’s a different kind of peace than you can get on Amazon. It’s a different kind of peace than you can watch on YouTube. It is not as the world gives peace.

So, how does the world give peace? Well, the world gives peace when you can finally buy the house of your dreams, have your dog running around in the backyard and your BMW in the garage … peace. When you hang out with people who get you … peace. When your TikTok followers double in a month … peace. When my political candidate wins and finally begins enacting his or her agenda, I feel peace. When my society affirms my chosen identity … peace. When my family is watching TV rather than arguing with one another, or when my kids are all in bed and I can get the drink of my choice and put my feet up on the couch and relax … peace. When my doctor says the scan is clear, when I feel good about the way my life is going, that’s how the world gives peace.

Are all of those wrong? No. Many of those things are gifts from God, but they are not what Jesus is talking about. Jesus is offering his disciples, and he’s offering everyone here this morning a different kind of peace. It is not transient, passing, or dependent on circumstances. It’s not subjective, depending on a certain feeling I can muster up. It is what he calls “my peace.” And in a sense, it’s cosmic and global and immense. Look at Colossians 1:20.

“And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

When Jesus left his disciples and gave himself over to the Jewish and Roman authorities to be mocked and beaten and killed, he was making peace — shalom — on a global scale. His death, burial, and resurrection leads to world peace, environmental harmony, civil justice. Ultimately, that is where all things are heading.

But that doesn’t seem to be his focus here. How do we know? Look at John 14:27. “Let not your [what?] be troubled.”

“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

What’s the heart? The heart is the control center of the person. Jesus is starting really close. The camera is moving up close and moving in to the core of our identity, to the very control center of our being. And he is saying right at that small, intimate place, the core of who you are, I am giving peace. My peace. Yes, things are not the way they’re supposed to be yet, but I want to start close to home. I want to start with your agitated, broken, sinful heart. John 16:33, he said,

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.”

Last month, U.S. News published a poll, and the first sentence said this: Americans are more stressed than ever. Now, that was last month. You think about it. I thought the pandemic that has been occurring for the last two years was receding. So, you would think stress and agitation and fear and anxiety would be leaving. But this poll revealed something very important: Stress does not evaporate; it migrates. Because the poll revealed whereas people were primarily anxious about the pandemic and all the politics and everything that went around that and the health issues, last month people were concerned about rising inflation and the horrible things that are happening in Ukraine as Russia invades Ukraine and the fear of cyber attacks. And they listed many more — nuclear threats, social and moral upheaval. The point is this: there is always a good reason to be anxious. There’s always a reason not to be at peace.

So, when Jesus says in the world “you will have” … and he uses a very general Greek word there for pressure, like the doctor when he says, “you’re going to feel some pressure.” That’s what Jesus is saying. You live in a world that is full of pressure, tribulation, distress, and stress. But take heart. I have what? I have overcome the world. I have overcome the world.

So, when Jesus appeared to his disciples on Resurrection Sunday evening and showed them his scars, he wasn’t simply proving that he was not a ghost. He was doing that, but he was showing definitively the means of victory, that through my death, burial, and resurrection, through my wounds, I have overcome, won victory over the cross. His peace is purchased on his cross and delivered through his empty tomb. He can deliver peace to his petrified disciples because their biggest problem has now been solved. Amen? The disciples’ biggest problem was solved when Jesus rose from the dead. Yet the Romans were still in charge, and in one sense, nothing had changed. But in a very real sense, everything had changed. And that is why Jesus came and said, “Peace be with you.” Shalom in me. You will have peace even if in the world you are under pressure.

He was delivering his promise to give them peace, “my peace,” the kind of peace that only someone who is innocent yet suffered as if he were guilty could give; the kind of peace that only someone who was cursed so that we would not be under the curse could give; the kind of peace that only someone who went through death and came out the other side can look back and say to all of us this morning, “It’s going to be OK. We’re going to get through! My peace I give to you.”

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was trying to sleep. It was a week and a half ago. I was trying to sleep on one of those little pull-out chairs in a hospital next to my wife’s bed. She had just had surgery, was still in a lot of pain, was struggling to not continually vomit. We had just found out the cancer had spread, and there were very kind health workers coming in and out all night. And so, there wasn’t a lot of sleeping going on. And as I was trying to rest on this little pull-out chair/bed-like thing, this promise kept coming to my mind.

“My peace I give to you. My peace. Peace be with you.”

Right where you are, in all the uncertainty, without having all the answers. Jesus is offering peace to people who feel unsettled, who feel unqualified, who maybe are unconvinced. Lord, we have doubts. We have fears. We don’t have all the answers. We don’t know what next year will bring.

“Peace be with you. My peace I give to you. I don’t give as the world gives. So, let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

The question I would love for us to think about for a moment here is, will you, this morning, receive Christ’s gift of peace? Imagine for a moment he is still insisting on giving away peace. It’s not the fake kind of peace that the world gives. It’s not a subjective, passing peace, a feeling that just comes and goes when everything goes your way. It’s a deep rebar sense that’s grounded in his promises that he will fulfill. And he demonstrated that on the cross and through the empty tomb.

And so, no matter who you are this morning on this resurrection morning, no matter how much anxiety you’re carrying or sin you’re carrying, how many doubts and questions you have, can you, for a moment here, imagine for a moment, what if Jesus is offering me the same gift he was offering to his broken, failing, doubting, fearing disciples? Peace. Shalom. Wholeness.

Let’s pray. First of all, Jesus, thank you so much that when you came to your disciples, your first words weren’t, “I told you so.” Your first words weren’t throwing in their faces their failure. There were many of those. But your first words here in John 20, “Peace be with you.” You. You who are unsettled, you who feel unqualified, you who may be unconvinced, I have enough peace for you. You don’t have to be at war with my Father. Your sins can be washed away.

Father, as we repent of our seeking peace in everything but you and believe in Jesus, we pray that many this morning would receive your resurrection gift of peace. This is one of the big differences between your people and the world, Lord, is that at the core of our being, we know things are right. No matter how broken the world is — and we want to serve in every way possible; we want to bring this shalom to the world — but no matter how broken the world is, we can be at peace through Jesus Christ.

I pray that right now there would be many prayers rising up to the skies, repenting of fake peace, trying to seek peace in alcohol or drugs or peace in entertainment, peace in relationships, or peace in purchasing things, proving to people. God, we want your peace. “My peace I give.” And we thank you that on this beautiful resurrection morning, you are giving away lots of peace. And we praise you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

3 Reasons ‘Peace Be With You’ Is Far More Than a Platitude

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” – John 20:19

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” – John 20:21

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” – John 20:26

There is this old song that says, if we ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need him now. I think the same thing can be said of the peace of God. As you see in the verses above, Jesus greeted his disciples with the phrase ‘Peace be with you.’ What was the reason? ‘Peace be with you’ was far more than just a platitude or casual greeting. As you will discover, not only was this necessary for the disciples in the moment, but it was necessary for their future as well.

What Does Jesus Mean by ‘Peace Be with You?’

To really understand what Jesus means you must know what the word peace actually means. The word for peace used here is ‘eiréné’ which means one, peace, quietness, or rest.

It can also mean wholeness or peace of mind. This definition of the word is about to make a lot more sense when you look at the context of this verse.

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What Is the Significance of These 3 Verses in John 20?

Before Jesus utters these words, you must understand what is happening to the disciples. The first two utterances happened on the day Jesus rose from the dead. Today, we have the benefit of looking back at history; but for a moment, put yourself in Jerusalem on this day. Earlier that day, Peter and John went to the tomb in a panic because of what Mary Magdelene had told them. I’m sure she had some hysteria in her voice. Here are her words:

So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” -John 20:2

Upon hearing this, Peter and John raced to the tomb to see what she had told them. Here is what happened when they got there:

Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. – John 20:6-10

Can you picture Peter and John going back to the other disciples and telling them what they saw? There were already in a difficult emotional state and this must have exacerbated it. There had to be unrest, confusion, and uncertainty as to what had really happened.

There were a lot of things in their midst but peace was not one of them.

In fact, we see from John 20:19 the disciples were hiding in a room behind a locked door because they were afraid. Remember they had just seen their Savior—the one who they left everything to follow—put to death. Is there any wonder they were afraid? They were probably thinking “when is our turn coming? They put Jesus to death, surely, they will come for us. After all, we are his disciples.”

Hiding in fear behind a locked door, unsure of what really happened to Jesus’ body, Jesus appears and the first words he utters are ‘Peace be with you.’

The reason Jesus said ‘peace be with you’ as more than a platitude, was because he had to settle and calm all the emotions that were raging inside of them. He had to speak rest to their souls and peace of mind to their hearts. He also had to do this more than once. Jesus had to repeat the same scenario a week later because Thomas was not a part of the group when he first appeared. Jesus (because of his great love and concern) made another appearance just for Thomas. What did he say to him? You guessed it: ‘peace be with you.’

Now that you understand the background, let’s make this personal. How is Jesus speaking to us today in these verses? When we look at three ways Jesus showed up with peace, it becomes clear that ‘peace be with you’ is not simply a platitude:

1. Jesus Uses Peace to Address Fear

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders…John 20:19 (emphasis added)

Within this one line of Scripture, you see Jesus’ true heart and his love for the disciples. He knew they were afraid and he gave them peace. So many times in life we are like the disciples, locked in a room because we are afraid. There are countless situations in life that have the potential to produce fear in your heart. When you are afraid, you do what the disciples did—you lock everything down. Yet Jesus, knowing how you feel, can show up to give you peace in your situation. In fact, he encourages it. If you remember here is what Paul said:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (emphasis added)

When you are faced with life’s anxieties, worries, and cares, Jesus wants to show up to address those anxieties and give you peace. He desires to speak peace over your life. The reason ‘peace be with you’ is more than a platitude is because it transcends the circumstance and settles those out-of-control emotions raging inside of you.

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2. Jesus Pursues to Give Peace through Challenges

What I find interesting in this story is that they were in a room with a locked door. They weren’t looking for, or expecting, Jesus to show up. Yet the locked door did not keep Jesus from finding them. He was purposeful in meeting with them because he had to speak peace to their hearts.

So often we think we are the ones that must initiate our pursuit of God, when the opposite is true. Because God loves you, he pursues you. The psalmist reminds you that:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

When you are broken, anxious, worried, or fearful…it is in those moments that God looks to hold you close. Remember, Jesus went through the locked door to give them peace. He will do the same for you. In your moment of greatest fear, he is waiting to give you peace.

This peace not only calms your emotions it walks with you through the challenge. This is the type of peace Jesus gives.

3. Jesus Uses Peace to Secure Purpose

Isn’t it ironic that Jesus said I am giving you peace and as a result, I am sending you out.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” – John 20:21

The peace Jesus gave them was designed to move them from behind the locked doors of fear and into the purpose that Jesus had for them. Jesus’ peace is not designed to make you static but to get you moving. He must address the thing that is giving you the greatest fear because chances are it is holding you back. After he deals with that then it’s time to move forward.

Jesus never intended for the disciples to stay behind a locked door. The same way Jesus has no intention for you to stay trapped by your unrest and fear. He will do for you what he did for his disciples. Give you peace which in turn can give you the confidence to move forward.

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What We’re Really Saying When We Wish Someone ‘Peace Be With You’

Hopefully, by now you can see the reasons ‘peace be with you’ is more than just a platitude. Let me give you one more way to think about it. When you say ‘peace be with you’ then you are actually saying let God’s rest, comfort, wholeness, and assurance go with you.

In every area of your life, regardless of what is happening around you let peace be found with you and in you. This is the type of peace that only God can give. It is the type of peace that transcends your understanding and, best of all, this is what Jesus promised.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

A Prayer that Peace Truly Be With You

Lord Jesus,

You promised before you left us that you would give us peace. Help me today to walk in the peace that you promised. Let your peace override any of my fears, anxieties, or worries and help me to walk in the stillness and comfort of the rest that comes from your peace. I thank you today for your great peace and I face today knowing that you are with me and so is your peace.

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Clarence L. Haynes Jr. is a speaker, Bible teacher, and co-founder of The Bible Study Club. He is the author of The Pursuit of Purpose which will help you understand how God leads you into his will. He has also just released his new book The Pursuit of Victory: How To Conquer Your Greatest Challenges and Win In Your Christian Life. Do you want to go deeper in your walk with the Lord but can’t seem to overcome the stuff that keeps getting in the way? This book will teach you how to put the pieces together so you can live a victorious Christian life and finally become the man or woman of God that you truly desire to be. To learn more about his ministry please visit

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The following sermon was preached by President Thomas Winger for the opening service of the 44th academic year at CLTS. The text was the theme verse shared between LCC’s two seminaries for 2019-20:

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

Dear brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ: “Peace be to you!” isn’t a tame greeting. So many greetings we carelessly utter have been emptied of their deep meaning. Have you noticed that those who greet passers-by with a quick “how are you?” are surprised if you stop to give them an answer? They don’t really want to know. How many of us in uttering our “goodbyes” mean from the heart to pray, “May God be with ye”? So also when our Lord Jesus appears to the ten disciples on that first Easter Eve, it’s tempting to think little of His greeting that’s only two short words in Greek or Hebrew, εἰρήνη ὑμῖν, “peace be to you!” But to pass over those words as if they were a casual exchange between friends is gravely to underestimate the situation. Dead men don’t just appear behind locked doors and say, “Hello”!

Jesus speaks the powerful words, “Peace be to you”, into a room filled with fear. He anticipates and cuts through the fear that His appearance surely caused. This was no longer just the Teacher from Nazareth. If the two angels at the tomb gleamed with such brilliance that the women fell frightened to the ground, how much more terrifying would be the appearance of “The Living One” (Lk. 24:5), the One who in His resurrected life was unrecognisable to Mary until He spoke her name (Jn 20:16), the One who was thought to be a ghost by His closest disciples ’til He ate fish from their hands (Lk. 24:43)? That was the Jesus who revealed Himself in the room where they thought they were safe, and to their astonished and terrified hearts spoke the calming words, “Peace be to you.”

It’s hard for us to imagine the terror His appearance would have provoked. It’s the reason why heavenly visitors in the Scriptures tend to veil themselves in the form of an ordinary man. The angel of the Lord who came to encourage Gideon to rise up against Baal worship first sat in the shadow of a terebinth tree, speaking calmly the comforting message that God was with Israel. Only when that angel send fire from his staff to consume Gideon’s offering, did Gideon realise in mortal fear who he was dealing with, crying out, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face” (Jdg. 6:22). He knew the fatal consequences of gazing on the glory of heaven with sinful human eyes. But God turned aside His fear, saying to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die” (Jdg. 6:23). And comforted by that promise, “Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace [‎שָׁלוֹם shalom]” (Jdg. 6:24). The Lord is the peace that overcomes death, the peace that protects us even from His own consuming glory. In His resurrection, that’s the glory Jesus brought behind those closed doors, and from that glory Jesus protected His disciples with the promise of His peace.

But though His sudden mysterious appearance may have intensified their fear, they were already “sore afraid”. They were locked behind closed doors for fear of the Jews, the authorities who’d got their Master crucified, who would short weeks after Pentecost stone Stephen and scatter the church, send Saul to arrest and kill Jesus’ followers. And though such a fear for their lives was natural, they may have feared more deeply for their souls. After all, Peter had denied His Lord three times. All but John and the women fled to save their skin. And now perhaps they pondered Jesus’ own warning, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28). We may not know the fear of looking on an angel or a resurrected Jesus, but we know and understand those fears. Fears founded on our weakness and failures; fears for the future and for ourselves. At this time of year, I’m conscious of our students’ worries. Have you chosen the right path? Will God see you through to the end? Do you have the time, the money, the brains, the heart, the faith, the nobility of soul to serve in a holy office? Are you worthy? It’s a fear shared by the laity of our churches who see the pews emptying and buildings being sold. It’s the worry of pastors who don’t know how long they’ll have a pulpit or flock. It’s the anxiety of churchmen who’ve weathered so many storms but now wonder whether our synod can survive the unrelenting blows of scandal and distrust and apathy. It’s the “fear of the Gentiles” that makes us wonder how much more hostile our already secular society may become. In the face of such fears our Lord says, “Peace be to you.”

Then Jesus does something quite remarkable. But it’s not what we might expect. Once upon a time, when the King of Syria was angry with Elisha for helping Israel’s king to defy him, he sent at night an army with horses and chariots to surround the town where Elisha was staying. Come morning Elisha’s servant was terrified by the sight—the world was arrayed against the solitary man of God and his helper. What could they do in the face of such hostility? But Elisha said,

16 “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (II Kgs 5:16-17)

This, too, is true for us. We’re surrounded by a host of angels, any one of whom is sufficient to protect us from the world. And yet, Jesus doesn’t do what Elisha did. He points to no armies with chariots of fire, but simply shows the disciples His hands and His side.

From the wounded hands of Jesus comes our peace. Now, this is not the kind of peace that we’re used to. Not from armies who protect us or diplomats who stave off war, but our peace comes from the flesh that died and rose again. Earlier in John, Jesus had said to the disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (Jn 14:27). Like Elisha with his servant, Jesus was teaching them a new way of seeing. His peace would be of an entirely different nature than they were used to. At our seminary retreat last week, I explored with the students the uniquely Hebrew concept of peace conveyed by that familiar word שָׁלוֹם. Whereas our idea of peace is negative—absence of war, cessation of fighting—the Hebrew idea is positive. Peace is healing, the restoration of wholeness, putting broken pieces back together. When my wife and I were in Israel some years ago, the tour guide pointed to a sign on a shop as the bus passed by which read, “שָׁלוֹם shalom pizza”. No, it wasn’t holy dough or special sauce but simply a “whole pizza” rather than pizza sold by the slice. This trivial example illustrates to some degree why Jesus’ greeting could comfort their hearts. Their lives had been fragmented. They’d been torn from their families by Jesus’ call; perhaps even their families were divided in their opinion of Him, father against son and mother against daughter. Their world was turned upside down by His message and now shaken to the core by His death. They were cut off from their culture and religion, Israelites who were no longer Jews. They couldn’t go back to where they once were. Our lives, too, are broken. Our families, our marriages, our friendships, split down the middle by sin and shaken up by faith in Jesus. And, you know, I think this is also the disease of our times. We’re a people broken by the belief that you can devote your life to satisfying physical needs without caring for the soul. Our society thinks the two have nothing to do with each other—just think of the strange notion that one’s gender can be different than one’s sex, a breaking apart of body and mind, as if they have no effect on each other.

To this brokenness Jesus bring healing peace through His wounded hands and side, through His crucified and resurrected flesh. Paul said it this way:

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one,

and has destroyed the dividing wall of partition, the hostility, in His flesh,

15 … that in Him He might create the two into one new man, making peace,

16 and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross …. (Eph. 2:14-16)

Jesus can point to His hands and side and declare “Peace be to you” because “He Himself is our peace”. His body is where we’re made whole again, reconciled with one another and rejoined to God our Father. In the Old Testament, the “peace offering” was the sacrifice of an animal that a person could bring to give thanks for the deliverance God had accomplished in his life. The peace offering could only happen after the burnt offering, after God had atoned for His people’s sins. On the basis of the atonement, God could both deliver them and rebuild their lives. And so the sacrifice of peace that followed was an act of thanksgiving and praise to God for that redemption. It concluded with a festive meal, taking the meat of the sacrifice and eating it in the presence of God to celebrate the reconciliation, to rejoice in the company of God from whom they were no longer estranged, to experience if only for day the bright banquet of eternity towards which they were heading.

On Easter Eve, Jesus declared that He was that peace offering. The wounds showed that He’d been sacrificed, the atonement had been made; and that the pierced flesh was closed and no longer bleeding showed that what had been broken was now whole, what was put to death was raised to life. In the midst of their fears He points them to that flesh and invites them to rejoice in it, to offer up the sacrifice of thanksgiving, to take up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord (Ps. 16). He still comes to us and shows us those wounds. The pastor He sends speak peace to you and holds up the meat of the sacrificial meal, the life-giving, peace-making, whole-creating flesh of Jesus. In His wounded and living flesh we still find our peace. Every time you eat His body you are made whole. And so those He sends are able to repeat until He comes again the words of His apostle Paul: “The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Amen

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