“Peace Be With You”

Luke 24:36          36 While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

The disciples had resumed their former lives, but not quite. Yeshua, who had been snatched from their midst and killed, continued to extend peace to them. This haunting insistence from Yeshua disturbed and frightened them. They weren’t sure what they were experiencing. The more they talked about Yeshua’s continuing presence with them, the more their disbelief was replaced by joy and wonder. The more that they discussed this, the more they came to understand that Yeshua’s absent-presence was a calling, an unheard inner calling to immerse themselves in the scriptures and to be witnesses to the nations so that the Way of Yeshua might become the normalcy of civilization. This insistent calling instilled them with a strange sense of courage and power. But, as soon as they thought they had bottled up Yeshua’s spirit, they lost it. They could only conclude that the responsibility now rested entirely on their shoulders, as long as they held the memories of Yeshua in their hearts.

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