Daily Dose, Journey to the Holy Spirit — May 23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you." John 20:19-21     Daily Dose: Journey to the Holy Spirit   "Peace be with you." What a powerful phrase. It’s after the resurrection, but the disciples are scared. They’ve locked the doors. They saw Jesus crucified…what if they’re next!? They had no real idea who -- if anyone -- would rise up to be their next leader. And then Jesus stepped into their room. And he spoke peace over them. He showed them the signs of the crucifixion. And he spoke peace over them. Are you anxious? Scared? Worried? "Peace be with you." Have you locked the doors of your house? And maybe also the doors of your heart? "Peace be with you." Earlier in John, Jesus spoke about giving the gift of peace: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:27) MY peace is what Jesus offers. Jesus’ peace is eternal and never-ending. When we’re troubled and frustrated, peace can be a fleeting thing. And so we seek peace in odd and wrong places. And we don’t find peace. And we get further frustrated. Jesus’ peace is not like the peace of this world. He offers HIS peace, which is fundamental to who he is! Peace be with you!     Rev. Brad Greene