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He Is Our Peace

Peace be with you
Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

Sermon Week Pentecost Sunday Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 20:19

One evening, after a lecture, Helen Keller invited questions from the audience. One person asked: "Miss Keller if you could have but one wish granted, what would it be?" What a question! As you know, Helen Keller was sightless and deaf. Her only contact with the world was through the sense of touch. Even the question from the audience had to be communicated in this manner. Surely her wish would be for sight, or hearing! But instead, Helen Keller replied, "I would wish for world peace."

In today's Gospel Lesson, within hours of His Resurrection, Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples, who are in hiding, fearing for their lives. "Jesus comes and stands among them," and says, "Peace be with you...Peace be with you. As the Father sent Me, so I am sending you" (Jn. 20:19,21).

How "blessed," how happy are the "peacemakers," Jesus said to the disciples early in His ministry. Now He is dispatching them as peacemakers: "As the Father sent Me, so I am sending you." (Just as I have given My life to the cause of peace, even so I am asking you to give your life to the cause of peace. My wish for peace, my desire for peace, my hunger for peace, must be your wish, your desire, your hunger.) Jesus then gives them the means to satisfy that hunger. He breathes on them, and He says, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn. 20:22).

Earlier, when Jesus was preparing His disciples for His death, He said to them,

“…when the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with Me from the outset…I must tell you the truth: it is to your own good that I am going because unless I go, the Advocate will not come to you…But when the Spirit of Truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth” (Jn. 15:26-27, 16:7,13). And the Gospel Truth is if you are going to be a [...]

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