On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.”—John 20:19,21 NET
This is the type of His first appearing to our hearts when He comes to bring us His peace and to teach us to trust Him and love Him.
But there is a second peace which He has to give. Jesus said unto them again, Peace be unto you. There is a peace, and there is an again peace. There is a peace with God, and there is the peace of God that passeth understanding. It is the deeper peace that we need before we can serve Him or be used for His glory.
While we are burdened with our own cares, He cannot give us His. While we are occupied with ourselves, we cannot be at leisure to serve Him. Our minds will be so filled with our own anxieties that we would not be equal to the trust which He requires of us, and so, before He can entrust us with His work, He wants to deliver us from every burden and anxiety.
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin,
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed,
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
Days of Heaven Upon Earth - October 9
Public domain content taken from Days of Heaven by A.B. Simpson.