36 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.”
37 But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.
38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39 See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
40 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
41 While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
42 They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish;
43 and He took it and ate it before them.
44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Webster’s dictionary describes the word peace as: “freedom from disturbance or oppressive thoughts or emotions; a state of tranquility or quiet; harmony in personal relations.”
Don’t you love that Jesus’ first words here were “Peace be with you”? How often we need to hear that, claim that, and be reminded from Whom our peace comes (John 14:27)! Peace is a blessing that Jesus bestows on us. It is a promise that He fulfills when we trust in Him. Jesus prayed for His followers to have peace. He knows we need it, desires to give it to us—only through Him can we truly obtain it.
Jesus told His disciples that it wasn’t too good to be true. He really had returned! He tried to calm and comfort them—to give them the peace they so desperately needed as they were processing the events of the previous days.
Eugene Peterson translates Jesus’ words as: “Don’t be upset. Don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Everything I have told you is being fulfilled. You’re the first to hear it and see it. You are my witnesses” (The Message).
Keep your mind on Him, and He will keep you in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).
• What is currently keeping you from a sense of peace? How can you submit this to Jesus?
• How does the reminder of the resurrection bring your peace?
• Ask God to open your mind and heart that you might understand the Scriptures (and Him) better and, in doing so, have more peace.