31st October 2018

Peace Be With You

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

After Jesus was crucified, his disciples had a hard time believing he had been resurrected even though Mary told them she had seen him at the tomb. The next evening, however, when they were together in a locked room, Jesus came and stood among them, saying ‘Peace be with you!’ (John 20:18-21). I should think they were scared out of their wits having him appear like that from nowhere. As he calmed the sea with ‘Peace be still,’ he calmed their nerves with a greeting of peace.

A week later, Jesus again appeared to them through locked doors and calmed them with his greeting ‘Peace be with you!” (John 20:26-28). This was the time when Jesus showed his hands, feet and side to Thomas, who then believed. Jesus said in verse 29 “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” In fact, the book of John is written and records incidents not in the other three Gospels so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).

And because of these things recorded for us, we can believe that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We may not be able to see him but he is there, beside us and within us through his Holy Spirit. A Spirit that is more powerful than any of the spirits that may roam on Halloween, in graveyards or ‘haunted’ houses.

Father in Heaven, we trust in your protection and have peace through your Spirit, knowing that you are always with us and will never leave us or forsake us.

Study by Nancy Silcox

About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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