For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
John 20:19 - 31
when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the
doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus
came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20
And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side
The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to
them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send
you." 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to
them, "Receive the Holy Spirit 23 "If you forgive the sins of any, their
sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have
been retained." 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was
not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to
him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in His
hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the
nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." 26 After
eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus
came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said,
"Peace be with you." 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your
finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My
side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing." 28 Thomas answered and
said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Because you
have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and
yet believed." 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the
presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but
these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His
Three times in this short text we hear the peace greeting from Jesus‘
own mouth: "Peace
be with you!"
Then Jesus came in their midst, in the eve
(He did not wait long), while "the storm raged around them" - which the
locked doors bear witness to. But just
is Jesus always so near - and the first He has to say to them, is:
We are also seeing something like that when it comes to "the child of
grace" Jacob in the Old Testament. He lied and deceived both his father
and his brother, so he had to flee for his life, as the rascal he
certainly was. But when the Lord reveals Himself unto him on the escape,
out in the desert (the place the sin - in figurative meaning - always
leads us), we do not hear one accusing word, but only an affirmation of
Note! how Jesus gives His peace greeting address:
Peace be with
You shall have peace.
You shall know that you have peace with God, by Me.
It is here you see whether you really is loved by God, or not! Not on how you feel at any time, not on how good or bad your experience is in this life - because it is a great many things that can occur here, also for a Christian, but "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?"
The peace greeting is accordingly the
same today: Peace be with
Or do you want to tell Him straight up in the face, that you do not
believe Him? Think if the disciples should have done something like
that? But they knew Jesus so well, and here is
reaction also a testimony about Jesus unto us: "The
disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord."
There was one here, who had great difficulties, because he himself had
not seen Jesus with his natural eyes - it was the disciple Thomas. Jesus
is going to considerable lengths for his sake, and let him both see and
feel. Then there was no doubt in Thomas anymore about who he was dealing
Lord and my God!"!"
It has accordingly something to do with the attitude we basically have
towards the Word of God. The word, about which Jesus said:
"Your Word is truth!" The Word, about which
David says: "The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a
furnace on the earth, refined seven times"
and not least, about which the apostle Peter witnesses: "But know this
first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own
interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will,
but men moved by the
spoke from God.."
(2 Pet. 1:20-21).
His name is in heaven and on earth a Saviors name - therefore: "Peace be with you!"
Holy Bible, New American