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Peace be with you

April 26, 2017
By Pastor ROGER LEMKE ( , Pine Island Eagle

Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, told the disciples the good news: "Jesus is Risen!" But the disciples thought it was nonsense. 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 who has conquered everything.

Suddenly, a beam of blinding light slits 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.

There are times in life when our hold on God falters. When these moments of pain, grief, disappointment or depression cause doubt or disillusionment, remember this: "Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light." You can forget everything else, but remember this one sentence: "Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light."

In moments of light God has said: "My peace I give you, My peace I leave with you" (Jn. 14:27). Don't ever doubt that.

You might look like a dream a real nightmare: "Peace be with you."

If you think that you are as useful as a fence around a cemetery: "Peace be with you."

If you are so boring that even varicose veins don't save you from being colorless: "Peace be with you."

You might be so insecure that your rowing machine has life jackets: "Peace be with you."

You might be like a cow that goes dry an udder failure: "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."

Remember just as Jesus came to the disciples and to Thomas; He comes to you today and says: "Peace be with you." Jesus comes to offer you inexpressible joy, power, peace and Spirit so that you may know that Christ has triumphed and therefore you will triumph! Jesus is Risen and because He lives you can face whatever tomorrow brings!

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information about programs offered.



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