As Jesus was being tortured, crucified, taken off the cross and buried the disciples took off faster than a cat with a tin can tied to its tail. These disciples were so worried about what life might do to them that they locked themselves tightly up inside and locked the cruel world tightly outside.
The disciples represent all of us, because whenever things go so badly that we feel that if we rubbed a magic lamp we'd get lead poisoning we run away and hide. When we lock out the good news of the great Easter Hymn: "Thine is the glory, Risen conquering Son, endless is the victory thou o'er death has won" we lose the power of Easter to overcome all things through Christ.
Suddenly, a beam of blinding light splits the room and then it was not light at all, but the bright figure of Jesus striding between Peter and James saying: "Peace be with you." The first four words of the Easter sermon were spoken to Mary: "Why are you crying?" Now we hear the next four words: "Peace be unto you." Peace for antagonistic and disillusioned spirits. Peace for worried hearts. Peace for fear-ridden and guilty minds.
We need peaceful Jesus in our lives. Those of us who are in a hot sweat over life's problems need to hear Jesus say: "Peace be with you." Whenever we feel as useful as fungus on an oak tree, we often become like the disciples: throw a tantrum, slam the door, lock it tight and shout: "I don't want to talk to anyone." In a hot sweat over life's problems we often see only the problem and not the great problem-solver who penetrates closed doors saying: "Peace be with you."
You might look like a dream a real nightmare: "Peace be with you."
You might be so insecure that your rowing machine has life jackets: "Peace be with you."
You might have so many troubles that if anything would happen today, it would be two weeks before you could worry about it: "Peace be with you."
Do not ever forget that just as Jesus came to His disciples He comes to you today saying: "Peace be with you." Jesus comes to offer you His inexpressible joy, power, peace and Spirit so that you may know that because He lives you can face whatever tomorrow brings!