Advent Reading 5:  Jesus the Prince of Peace (Part 2)

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!  -John 20:19-20;26-27 NLT

Jesus spoke the familiar words “Peace be with you” to his disciples when he saw them after his resurrection.  He didn’t rebuke them for betraying him or running away when he needed them.  He blessed them instead with shalom, peace.  A week later he greeted Thomas with the same words- “peace be with you.”  He knew that Thomas struggled with his faith, yet Jesus didn’t condemn him, instead he then invited Thomas to touch his wounds to see that he indeed was alive to help his unbelief.

The wounds of Jesus brings us peace.  Jesus took upon himself the sins of the world that brings division, strife, anxiety and pain.  He took on pettiness, self-righteousness, bickering, anger, gossip, jealousy, lies, child abuse, slavery, drunkenness, rape, murder, adultery, and much more. Because he took those things upon himself whilst on the cross, he made a way for us to be healed and forgiven.

Jesus says to us “shalom aleichem,” “peace be with you.”  Peace with you in your relationship with God.   He has forgiven you, He is the Prince of Peace.  That peace can be yours if you allow him to live in your heart.  Allow your life to speak shalom to those you meet today.  Greet others with “shalom aleichem,” as you do you will be imparting blessings into their lives.  Jews greet each other this way, what a wonderful blessing to share!

Prayer:

Jesus, thank you for taking my sins upon the cross.  Thank you for bringing peace into this world.  I admit life around me is crazy and I sometimes forget about your peace. I try to live life my way and I realise I cannot do this on my own. Help me to rely on you and put on your clothes of peace.  As you spoke the words of peace to the disciples instead of condemning them, help me too to forgive others that may have wronged me, help me to forgive even myself and may your peace indeed rule in my heart.  Jesus help me to speak blessings of peace into those I meet today.  May my life be an example of your shalom.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

For further study:

Colossians 3:12-15; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 32:17-18; Philippians 4:4-9

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