Monday, October 16, 2017

Jesus Came and Said, “Peace”

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week,
 the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,
 Jesus came and stood among them and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
 John 20:19 (ESV)

The risen Christ came into the midst of his followers. They locked the door because they feared the Jews and those in power. The first words He spoke were words of comfort to them, “Peace be with you.”

His followers had been turmoil, the like of which they never before experienced. All His closest followers, except one, fell away from Him. He had told them they would do that very thing. That fact that his prediction came true may have added to their somber mood.
In our present world, devout believers know that their walk with God can be difficult and they will face trying and event tumultuous times. Those believers also know that through their faith and trust in Jesus, the will find peace.

For Our Thoughts:
· Should we, as Christians, have fears about what we hear and see going on in our society today?
· What do you suppose the people in that room thought when they heard Jesus say “Peace be with you?”
·What do we need to do when we face trying even tumultuous times in our daily walk through this world?· 

This devotional essay is from my book, Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy. Karen Lange, at Write Now, has a Book Spotlight about my book today. Go on over and join the discussion.


  1. So thankful for the peace He supplies for us. Happy to host you this week, Cecelia! :)

    1. Yes, we are to be thankful for the peace He grants us. Even in the hour of the disciples' fear, Jesus stepped in and extended His peace to them. Thank you for hosting me this week. I enjoyed being there.

  2. To answer your questions, NO, I do not think Christians should fear what's happening in the world today. That would be acting just like those who have no hope.
    I believe the disciples were comforted to hear and see Jesus back in the flesh.
    When we face tumultuous times, we need to read and meditate on Gods' word, not our feelings. We need to cry out to God, the only one who gives divine help.

    1. Jeanette: Thank you for your words of wisdom. Sometimes we make changes in our lives based on our fears. Thank you for reminding me of the fact that, if "we did we would be acting just like those who have no hope."


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