I noticed this morning that 3 times in just a few verses, Jesus told his disciples, “Peace be with you!” It has been said that if scripture says something 3 times, we really need to pay attention. Here are the three verses:

John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!”

John 20:26 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!”

How often in life do we worry about so many things? Jesus invites us to live in peace as we put our trust in Him. He is faithful and will be with us in all things. Going through difficult circumstances in our lives, we are able to stretch our faith muscles and prove that when Jesus says He is with us, He really is! With the God of all creation on our side, why should we not have peace?

“Peace be with you!”

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