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Thursday, 08 April 2021 07:00

Resurrection Reads #4 - The Gift of Peace

 

2021.24.Resurection Reads 4 FBThe disciples told their story of what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

 

 

 

 

2021.24.Resurrection Reads 4 Jesus appears to disciplesNo doubt you have heard people say that the peace that Jesus can bring is like nothing else. But what does this really mean, and what might it look like in our lives? Here are some thoughts on this gift of peace that he offers the disciples – and us! Take some time this day to pray about what it means for you to receive the peace of Jesus.

  • Peace is a deep and abiding awareness of the presence of God in the present.
  • Peace can be cultivated by staying our minds on God.
  • Peace is soothing to the senses.
  • Peace is a moment of clarity when the path ahead is clearly illuminated.
  • Peace comes when we allow ourselves to rest in the embrace of Jesus.
  • Peace is giving yourself permission just to be you.
  • Peace is not necessarily about being comfortable, but about holding the hand of God amidst chaos, pain and doubt.
  • Peace is about trusting God’s riming and God’s ways.
  • Peace is not one piece of the puzzle but the glue that holds the puzzle of life together.
  • Peace comes through trusting in the mysterious ways of God.

Mel Edwards