19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:19-22

Advent means arrival.  For the church we celebrate the season of Advent for two reasons, we celebrate the first arrival of Jesus and anticipate the second arrival of Jesus.  Over the next three days I want to focus on three things that Jesus encouraged His disciples with as he departed from them.

The first thing He offered them was peace.  The peace that Jesus offers is not a peace that is absent from trouble or problems, the disciples were about to have plenty of those.  The peace that Jesus gives and offers is a peace that transcends circumstances.  It’s an experiential peace that comes from being in the presence of God.


Take a moment and ask God to give you His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

If you have children:

Are your kids to describe peace.  Ask them where they would like there to be peace in their lives.  Pray with that God would give them peace.

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