2022 – God’s Peace

John 20:19 NASB
“Now when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were together due to fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them, Peace be to you.” Emphasis is mine.

John 20:26 NASB
Eight days later His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be to you.” Emphasis is mine.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus, in some of His post-resurrection appearances, chose the words “Peace be to you” as His initial greetings to His beloved disciples? I’m thinking it is because Jesus Himself is our peace and He wanted us to grasp the reality of that realization.

I haven’t got a clue what 2022 holds for us. I could let my mind wander but I really don’t want to go there. Not because of what I think might happen, either good or not so good, from the world’s perspective, but rather because I don’t want what may happen, to be the focus of my being. 

In John 14:27, prior to His crucification, Jesus said the following to His disciples:
“Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful.”

“. . . My peace I give you. . .” The peace that Jesus has and is, He gives to us. And what is that “peace” that Jesus gives us suppose to accomplish? Jesus tells us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful.” Emphasis is mine.

The reality is that what happens in this world is not supposed to trouble our hearts nor make us fearful and the resurrected Jesus Himself is proof of that reality. And then there is that “not as the world gives” aspect that Jesus drew our attention to. The peace that the world gives is not true peace because it just never lasts. There are promises of peace that do not materialize and statements of peace that are eventually broken. But the peace that Jesus gives us is everlasting because Jesus Himself is everlasting and  . . . because He lives, we shall also live. Therein lies our peace and the rationale why we should not let our hearts be troubled, nor fearful.

I have but one prayer for all of my brothers and sister in Christ, including myself. That this coming New Year we shall all see the bountiful grace of God manifested in us, resulting in glory being given to our heavenly Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!



  1. Amen, Bruce! Christ Himself is our peace-the way, truth, and life. We don’t need another road map (GPS coordinates).

    I think one reason Jesus said, “peace “ when he saw His disciples, after His resurrection, is He was saying, “See, everything turned out the way I said it would. Relax. I’ve got this.”

    What a great thought to start a new year. Sure beats any resolution I could think of.

    God’s best to you and yours in the coming year, brother.


  2. Dear Bruce, thank you again for your witness of our Lord. I praise our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that we can leave this year behind with gratefulness for all His blessings and begin the year praising the Father for His everlasting covenant made with His Son, revealed and fulfilled every day by the presence and power of His Holy Spirit. I will not be anxious for what this year will bring but pray and praise Him in our fellowship. We are His children, His workmanship, His holy and royal priesthood, His special people appointed to proclaim the praise of Him who brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light — to shine through us in the darkness — ready to give an answer to those who ask us how we live in hope through the chaos and corruption of this world. (Sorry, for such a long comment. In my second childhood, I am prone to get carried away when I am asked for a reply. 🙂
    Blessings as we continue in fellowship with our Lord.


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