I love it when I hear a sermon that God uses to open my eyes to something right in front of me.
“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.
I don’t know why I hadn’t considered to stop and think about the first words Christ said to His disciples. God does everything with a purpose. All of Old Testament redemptive history led to the events on the cross, so naturally the first words of the Son of God, who inaugurated the New Covenant in His blood, are not without purpose.
As David said in his sermon, the disciples were probably riddled with not only fear, but also the guilt and shame that came from knowing they ran from Christ when He was arrested, Peter even denying him not once, but three times just three days ago.
“Peace be with you.”
There they were, afraid, alone, without hope. Into that, Christ’s first word was “peace.”
What a beautiful word.
Peace by itself is wonderful. But as always, God showers us with blessing. Christ did not only say peace, but “Peace be with you.”
And this is not peace in a generality, but as David also mentioned in his sermon, this is the same Greek word for peace as used in Romans 5:1 when Paul states “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This is a true and lasting peace. It was a peace secured through a war which cost the life of the Author of Life. But God raised Him from the dead. And through that resurrection, we now have peace with God through Christ.
The disciples did not see Christ as only their teacher, but now He was also seen as their Lord and their God. In this new light, as the One who secured their peace with the one who created them, they “were glad when they saw the Lord.”
No more guilt, no more shame; only peace found in His name.
May we too be glad when we see the Lord through the preaching of His Word.