John 20:19-23 Peace Be With You
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” NetBible
The first thing that Jesus says to the disciples is “Peace be with you.” He says it again once they recognized Him. When He comes into our lives He brings His peace to our hearts, an understanding that we have found our place in Him. Who we are and why we are here is understood. The meaning of life is revealed. The disciples rejoice when they realize that Jesus has returned, overcoming death and bringing promise of new life for all.
“Peace be with you.” He says again before breathing on them the Holy Spirit Who sustains and nurtures that peace that comes from God. Just as He came to the disciples when they were alone and in fear, He comes and is in our midst through the Holy Spirit. The same peace given the disciples then is given to us. He is with us.
“Peace be with you.”