|Peace Be With You|
|Sunday, May 15 2011|
Do You Find Peace in Him?
Since Christ's resurrection, He had shown Himself to Mary Magdalene, and then to His disciples walking along the road to Emmaus. Next, the disciples from Emmaus went to tell the eleven Apostles that were gathered together to tell them about what they had seen.
"While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, 'Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?'" -Luke 24:36-38, NAB
Christ's first words to the Apostles were "peace be with you." Above all else, He wanted them to find peace in His resurrection. Despite all of His teachings, they were still distraught at the loss of their Savior. He had tried to teach them about His mission, but they still could not accept it. Somehow, they could not find the peace that only He could bring. Even as He stood in front of them, they remained afraid and had questions in their heart. These men, the ones chosen to lead His new church, struggled to accept what was happening.
Everything in Christ's life went according to God's plan. He fulfilled the prophecies from the Old Testament scriptures. He gave His life on the cross. He resurrected from the dead. He brought us freedom from sin. Even the darkest hours this world has ever known had a purpose. This, of all things, should be proof to us that nothing happens outside of God's will, yet we continue to question Him. Christ's disciples questioned why He had to die, and we question why God brings struggle into our lives today. Like the disciples, we don't accept the plan that He has laid out for us.
God has an amazing way of using the worst this world has to offer to His gain. When the worst came to Christ's life, He used it to save us. When the worst comes into our lives, He gives us the opportunity to find His blessings. But, how many times do we turn from Him and wallow in our suffering? We accuse Him of punishing us, forgetting about us, and so much more. Instead of using it as a time of growth and renewal, we only see the negatives. He stands by our side saying, "Peace be with you," but we choose not to hear Him. He offers grace, and we reject it.
In the midst of your struggles, the Lord is offering the peace that only He can give. When life has you down, and things are not going according to your plan, realize that they are going exactly to His plan. He has a greater plan for us than we could ever understand. Let go of your own understanding and trust in His. Find the peace that comes only by following His will.
For the next few weeks, we will be looking at the 40 days Christ spent on Earth after His resurrection and before His ascension to heaven. Then, that will lead us directly into Pentecost. Some great material coming up!