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From all the relative multitude of ways Jesus might have welcomed the apostles on Easter Sunday, he picked four straightforward words: “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). It tends to be exceptionally simple to coast over this greeting, however, opening messages like this can see us a great deal. Discover the full meaning of the statement, peace be with you in this article.

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!” – John 20:19

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” – John 20:21

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” – John 20:26

There is this old song that says, if we ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need him now. I think the same thing can be said of the peace of God. As you see in the verses above, Jesus greeted his disciples with the phrase ‘Peace be with you.’ What was the reason? ‘Peace be with you was far more than just a platitude or casual greeting. As you will discover, not only was this necessary for the disciples at the moment, but it was necessary for their future as well.

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What Does Jesus Mean by ‘Peace Be with You?’

To understand what Jesus means you must know what the word peace means. The word for peace used here is eiréné’ which means, peace, quietness, or rest.

It can also mean wholeness or peace of mind. This definition of the word is about to make a lot more sense when you look at the context of this verse.

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What Is the Significance of These 3 Verses in John 20?

Before Jesus utters these words, you must understand what is happening to the disciples. The first two utterances happened on the day Jesus rose from the dead. Today, we have the benefit of looking back at history; but for a moment, put yourself in Jerusalem on this day. Earlier that day, Peter and John went to the tomb in a panic because of what Mary Magdelene had told them. I’m sure she had some hysteria in her voice. Here are her words:

So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” –John 20:2

Upon hearing this, Peter and John raced to the tomb to see what she had told them. Here is what happened when they got there:

Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. – John 20:6-10

Can you picture Peter and John going back to the other disciples and telling them what they saw? There were already in a difficult emotional state and this must have exacerbated it. There had to be unrest, confusion, and uncertainty as to what had happened.

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There were a lot of things in their midst but peace was not one of them.

We see from John 20:19 the disciples were hiding in a room behind a locked door because they were afraid. Remember they had just seen their Savior—the one who they left everything to follow—put to death. Is there any wonder they were afraid? They were probably thinking “when is our turn coming? They put Jesus to death, surely, they will come for us. After all, we are his disciples.”

Hiding in fear behind a locked door, unsure of what happened to Jesus’ body, Jesus appears and the first words he utters are ‘Peace be with you.’

The reason Jesus said ‘peace be with you as more than a platitude, was because he had to settle and calm all the emotions that were raging inside of them. He had to speak rest to their souls and peace of mind to their hearts. He also had to do this more than once. Jesus had to repeat the same scenario a week later because Thomas was not a part of the group when he first appeared. Jesus (because of his great love and concern) made another appearance just for Thomas. What did he say to him? You guessed it: ‘peace be with you.’

Now that you understand the background, let’s make this personal. How is Jesus speaking to us today in these verses? When we look at three ways Jesus showed up with peace, it becomes clear that ‘peace be with you is not simply a platitude:

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1. Jesus Uses Peace to Address Fear

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leadersJohn 20:19

Within this one line of Scripture, you see Jesus’ true heart and his love for the disciples. He knew they were afraid and he gave them peace. So many times in life we are like the disciples, locked in a room because we are afraid. Countless situations in life have the potential to produce fear in your heart. When you are afraid, you do what the disciples did—you lock everything down. Yet Jesus, knowing how you feel, can show up to give you peace in your situation. He encourages it. If you remember here is what Paul said:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (emphasis added)

When you are faced with life’s anxieties, worries, and cares, Jesus wants to show up to address those anxieties and give you peace. He desires to speak peace over your life. The reason ‘peace be with you is more than a platitude is because it transcends the circumstance and settles those out-of-control emotions raging inside of you.


2. Jesus Pursues to Give Peace through Challenges

What I find interesting in this story is that they were in a room with a locked door. They weren’t looking for or expecting, Jesus to show up. Yet the locked door did not keep Jesus from finding them. He was purposeful in meeting with them because he had to speak peace to their hearts.

So often we think we are the ones that must initiate our pursuit of God when the opposite is true. Because God loves you, he pursues you. The psalmist reminds you that:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

When you are broken, anxious, worried, or fearful…it is in those moments that God looks to hold you close. Remember, Jesus went through the locked door to give them peace. He will do the same for you. In your moment of greatest fear, he is waiting to give you peace.

This peace not only calms your emotions it walks with you through the challenge. This is the type of peace Jesus gives.

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3. Jesus Uses Peace to Secure Purpose

Isn’t it ironic that Jesus said I am giving you peace and as a result, I am sending you out?

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” – John 20:21

The peace Jesus gave them was designed to move them from behind the locked doors of fear and into the purpose that Jesus had for them. Jesus’ peace is not designed to make you static but to get you moving. He must address the thing that is giving you the greatest fear because chances are it is holding you back. After he deals with that then it’s time to move forward.

Jesus never intended for the disciples to stay behind a locked door. The same way Jesus has no intention for you to stay trapped by your unrest and fear. He will do for you what he did for his disciples. Give you peace which in turn can give you the confidence to move forward.

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What We’re Saying When We Wish Someone ‘Peace Be With You’

Hopefully, by now you can see the reasons ‘peace be with you is more than just a platitude. Let me give you one more way to think about it. When you say ‘peace be with you then you are saying let God’s rest, comfort, wholeness, and assurance go with you.

In every area of your life, regardless of what is happening around you let peace be found with you and in you. This is the type of peace that only God can give. It is the type of peace that transcends your understanding and, best of all, this is what Jesus promised.

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. – John 14:27

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20 Good Bible Verses About Peace

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At the point when you’re prepared to deal with these circumstances, look to the Bible as a hotspot for discovering a sense of Peace.

1. John 16:33
2. Psalm 4:8
“In peace, I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
3. Psalm 72:7
“In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!”
4. Daniel 10:19
“And he said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.’ And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’ ”
5. Isaiah 32:17
“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever.”
6. Isaiah 52:7
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ ”
7. Isaiah 53:5
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”
8. Proverbs 3:16-18
“Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.”
9. Proverbs 12:20
“Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.”
10. John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
11. Romans 5:1
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
12. Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
13. Romans 14:17
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
14. 2 Corinthians 13:11
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
15. Ephesians 2:14
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.”
16. Philippians 4:7
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
17. Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
18. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
19. 2 John 1:3
“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.”
20. Jude 1:2
“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”

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A Prayer that Peace Truly Be With You

Lord Jesus, You promised before you left us that you would give us peace. Help me today to walk in the peace that you promised.
Lord Let your peace override any of my fears, anxieties, or worries, and help me to walk in the stillness and comfort of the rest that comes from your peace. I thank you today for your great peace and I face today knowing that you are with me and so is your peace.