“Peace be with you (John 20:19).”

“Peace be with you (John 20:21).”

“Peace be with you (John 20:26).”

What in the world was going on that Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” three times in the same chapter?  His friends’ world was falling apart, that’s what was happening.

Our world is upside down right now and fear is rampant. Our nation is blindly IMG_5903sliding into hell.  We see this, we know it, and yet we wonder what to do?  The disciples felt this kind of confusion and fear when they saw Jesus crucified.  Jesus understands–sometimes we just do not know what to do.

Jesus came to guide our feet into the way of peace.  We need peace the most when it is dark.  “The sunrise from on high shall visits us . . .  and shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

What about you? How is your peace level in your current trial?  The Lord gave me something to share specifically for us in this hour of darkness.  He said:

            You must reach deeper than your personal alliances with family members and best friends. Go deeper! Where is your soul anchored? On good news? Bad news? Family loyalty? Friends who do not forsake you?

         sunset-tweaked.jpg   Reach deeper. Live from the inside out–peace from within, not from without–and you will influence the storms instead of the storms influencing you.

Jesus hugging someone

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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6 Responses to “PEACE BE WITH YOU,” said JESUS.

  1. Larry Who says:

    I am a Corrie ten Boom fan and have read her books over and over again. The one story that comes to mind right now was the one where she was secreted into Uganda, during Idi Amin’s reign of blood against Christians. She stood on the small stage and looked at the faces and did not know what to say. She knew many of the congregation would be tortured and killed in the days ahead. One of the congregation spoke aloud, “Just tell us about Jesus.”

    So, in the worst of times, maybe we should do the same. Just tell people about Jesus…He is the Prince of Peace.


  2. Incredible input, Larry. Corrie Ten Boom is one of my heroes as well. “Just tell us about Jesus.” Our great Prince of Peace. Amen.


  3. Bill Tomford says:

    As I was about to share what I heard on the inside of me “Precious is what precious shares” I moved upward to the Title “About lift The Cross of Jesus” and Read “My day job is writing–I’m an author and publisher of a number of books” and heard further “No. No dear you are far more than this.” Sharing what you hear on inside can so important.
    Let your heart be encouraged even as you encourage others.



  4. There is a lot that the Jesus was supposed to have said which has nothing to do with relying on a god. This is one of those cases where the reader is asked to rely on themselves, not the external world or even the Christ. It’s all a bit Zen-ish and has little if anything to do with a god. If you ask me, those parts are the only good parts of the christian bible.


    • Welcome, “MyAtheistLife”! Thanks for chiming in here. In reply I’d say that as individuals (“gods” or otherwise) we can only give what is ours, in our possession. I can give my neighbor an Apple today because I have apples in a bowl on my counter. I can’t give them a banana because we ran out of them a few days ago. : ) (I don’t mean to oversimplify). Jesus was able to impart peace because he was and is full of peace. An even higher thought is that God loves. God loves you. God loves me. God is love. And he has plenty of love for us all. We choose to receive or reject it. He won’t force you to receive his love, so don’t worry about that.


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