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Day Five: As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

Friday, February 6th, 2015

John 20:19-23 (NIV)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

John 14:27 (NIV)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The disciples had suffered a great loss and were burdened with discouragement and fear, not knowing what to do. They had good reason to feel confused and lost. How many times have we been deeply discouraged and even paralyzed by our failed attempts, really bad news or messing up something really important? We may wonder about our lives, our faith and even our relationship with God and ask, “Will I make it?” “Have I totally blown it?’

Into the very center of what seems like a huge “mess”, Jesus comes for He promised that He would not forsake or abandon them. The words of John 14:27 that He had spoken to them would now be made alive within them. Though many things would shake their lives, their hearts would not be shaken. Though many things would make their hearts feel afraid, they would be enabled to live courageously. So once again, Jesus brings “Peace” and He breathed on them to receive the Holy Spirit.

Everything has led to this - Jesus is sending them out into the world as the Father had sent Him to the world so that they could testify to Jesus Christ and the message of the whole purpose of God and His forgiveness so that others might truly live.

We, who are in Christ, have peace with God. We have been made alive to His peace and have been given the same message the disciples had. Let’s humbly pray and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with Him and His heart, and to breathe on us continually, and to send us out with courage to bring His message of salvation forgiveness and love to others. This is peace.

Day Four: Peace of God and the God of Peace…everyday.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Day Three: Peace Talks – Part II

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Day Two: Peace Talks

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Day One: True Peace is Peace with God

Monday, February 2nd, 2015