Those words often spoken by Jesus whose birthday we just celebrated express our prayer
for you and yours as we enter 2018.
If you are experiencing a bit of shortage of peace right now,
you might like to think with us about three short verses
in the Gospel of John,
chapter 20, verses 19, 20, and 21:


Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,
when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,
for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in the midst,
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

(verse 19 NKJV)

Now when He had said this,
He showed them His hands and His side.
Then the disciples were glad
when they saw the Lord.

(verse 20 NKJV)


Then Jesus said to them again,
“Peace to you!
As the Father has sent Me,
I also send you.”

(verse 21NKJV)



Now seven things we can observe from this as we start 2018:

  1. They were assembled together out of fear
  2. Jesus showed up.
  3. His greeting (as it often is in Scripture) was “Peace be unto you.”
  4. He showed them His hands and side (the Cross evidence). They were sure He was          THE REAL THING.
  5. They went from fear to “glad” WHEN THEY SAW JESUS
  6. He repeated “Peace to you” a second time and;
  7. Sent them out (powered by the Holy Spirit)!





May you find peace instead of fear and anxiety as you truly SEE JESUS.
He’s saying to you, “Come unto Me.”



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