186 | Peace Be With You
Friend, in the midst of the hardships that you are experiencing. Hear these words clearly. They are for you today! Peace be with you.
19That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”John 20:19-23
If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally, they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.John 15:18-20
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked. “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!John 18:4-6
“I told you that I Am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” ‘John 18:8
- In the midst of fear, grief and turmoil, what difference do Jesus’ words, “Peace be with you,” make?
- He is sending you. What does this mean, and is there anything holding you back?
- Followers of Jesus have the Holy Spirit. How has the Holy Spirit impacted your life? Or What do you need from the Holy Spirit?
At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.