And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” — John 20: 26
The Lord’s greeting of peace creates calm and confidence. When Jesus appears to the disciples for the first time after His resurrection, Thomas was not among them. Eight days later, the disciples were together again and Jesus appeared to them once again. His appearing was very sudden. The doors were locked—a sign that the Risen One was subject to no limitations. He is above the laws of matter. It was with the greeting: “Peace to you!” that He came and stood among them. He is the Lord of life and the bringer of peace.
The Prince of Peace also brings calm and confidence today. It is possible to lose one’s peace
- at work, in the family, in one’s marriage, or in the congregation.
- on account of financial concerns, injustice, illness, or doubts in the face of hopelessness and lack of perspective.