Peace Be With You

Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you."

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John 20 Bible Study
John 20:1 Stone Rolled Away
John 20:2-10 He Is Risen
John 20:11-18 (A) Jesus and Mary Magdalene
John 20:11-18 (B) Roman Soldiers

John 20:19-23 Peace Be With You

John 20:24-31 My Lord and My God
JOHN 20:19-23  19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Luke 24 provides more details of the disciples' reaction to Jesus appearing and saying to them, "Peace be with you," as the two who returned from Emmaus were briefing them about meeting Jesus.

Luke 24:33-47  33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. 36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence. 44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Why didn't Jesus simply appear to the eleven disciples first?
Even after being prepped by five different people, "they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit" (Luke 24:37) when Jesus finally did appear to them, so it may have been too much of a shock for them if He had appeared to them first.

Why did Jesus ask for and eat the fish and honeycomb?
To prove that they weren’t seeing a ghost, that He had been physically resurrected. If anyone had doubts after He left the room, others could point to the fish bones and remind them that someone physical had eaten the flesh that had been on those bones.

What is Jesus telling them in Luke 24:44 and Luke 24:46?
That everything happened according to plan and as foretold throughout the Old Testament.

What finally enabled them to understand?
Jesus opening their understanding: "And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures." (Luke 24:45)

How is that different today?
It isn't. Unless Jesus opens our understanding, we cannot comprehend His truth.

What did Jesus say we are supposed to do once we comprehend?
Preach "in His name to all nations" the "repentance and remission of sins" by His sacrifice on the cross. (Luke 24:47)

Do you?
 

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