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Happy Easter and Peace Be With You

“Peace be with you.”

Those were the first words spoken by Jesus upon appearing to his disciples on Easter. This was later in the day, in the evening, after he had already appeared to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb that morning. The disciples were gathered in a house in Jerusalem, presumably the same one in which they had shared the last supper, although the passage from John (chapter 20 verse 19) tells us that the doors of the house were now locked for fear of the Jews:

On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

The  scripture then informs us that Jesus showed them the nail wounds in his hands, and the wound in his side left by the spear, at which point he then repeated, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

How is it possible that even after being crucified, Jesus was still preaching peace? But apparently he was. Even the experience of being nailed to a cross did not change his convictions–that the only hope for humanity’s survival lay in choosing the path of peace, love, and forgiveness.

We are in the darkest time now in the history of humanity. You think the so-called “Dark Ages” were dark? Do you fancy that the “Black Death,” the bubonic plague outbreak which swept through Europe in the 1300s, was a rough chapter of history? Both were periods of brilliant sunlight, a picnic in the park, compared to what we’re facing now.

The only hope we have of avoiding a mass extinction occurrence is by choosing the path of peace and forgiveness, that is to say by adopting and following the teachings of Jesus.

Peace be with you.

Think about it. And practice it. For therein lies our only hope, our only salvation.

May the love of God and the peace of Christ be with you this Easter.

6 thoughts on “Happy Easter and Peace Be With You

  1. Thank you for this enlightened post — on the very Easter Day and weekend when the Zionist entity so-called Israel’s criminal psychosis has once again erupted in full fever needing to be slaked by the usual astonishing level of violence that is accompanied by impunity. What would Jesus say to Jews-cum-Zionists in this 2018? How would He comfort the tormented people of Illegally Occupied Gaza and Illegally Occupied Palestine…the land of His birth and ministry? What would He say today to “disciples” like me who are complicit by silence or simplistic, ineffective bleats of resistance such as these few words? (Surely His Holy Words at Matt. 11:28-30 would be among the expressions of solace and hope He would offer…Words that are my guiding light every day. But are they adequate for the Palestinians…and too much of humanity…today?)

  2. Thank you Richard ,and Happy Easter to you . ” Their doors where locked for FEAR of the JEWS. Christ created the New Covenant ,so we might not be afraid of the Jews exclusion ,and evil . Yet we must be ,” wise as serpents ” , in indeed ” forgive ” , and have ” peace “, but not eschew understanding of the Jews nefarious record eternally on this planet ,past ,present ,and future . It was they ,inspired by their Old Testament ,and deep understanding of deep hidden secrets / texts which inspired them to create , and unleash upon this planet atomic weapons. The Gentile mind could not fathom such WMD , no matter who the combatant . The Jew dreams of the day this power , ( original intent of Manhattan Project & Atomic Energy Commission) , is in their anti Christ hands alone.

  3. We are indeed feeling weary and burdened, Robert, but in following the teachings of Jesus, or taking up his “yoke” so to speak, we do in a very real sense lighten our load, for all of our hatreds, our prejudices, our earthly concerns about how we’re going to survive–these things fall away from us. His presence in our life is THE most important thing of all. Everything else is trivial by comparison.

  4. yes Jesus is the Prince of peace,he endured the flailing whip of the Romans and then crucifixion and death.We often forget Christ the warrior who faces his nemesis in the underworld ,where his soul entered Hell and he did battle with Satan,and defeated him but out of pity he spared the beast , then took the keys of life and freed the imprisoned prophets,Christ whole story is a heroic tale that still inspires,it was this part of the story that influenced Europe’s Christian Knights Chivalric code.p.s.as a kid just i kinda loved the idea of Jesus doing battle with Satan .

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