John 20:19-23 NLT
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! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Reflection . . .
After Jesus’ resurrection he appears to his disciples and twice says, “Peace be with you”. It’s interesting that so often in the Bible the Lord tells us not to be afraid, and here Jesus takes things a step further and blesses them with his presence and his peace.
The blessing of peace to one another is seen in the letters of the New Testament in the opening verses; it was also used as a greeting in the early church, and is still used in many churches as a blessing within the community of believers.
When we bless others with peace, more specifically the Peace of Christ, it is our hope and desire that those receiving it will experience the great peace that only He can bring. Perhaps we should try saying, “Peace be with you!”, as a regular part of our greeting each other or saying goodbye! That would be different, now wouldn’t it!??