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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

Peace of Christ

We live in a world that tries to sell us on the idea that peace is something we can achieve on our own. "Just do this, just buy that, and you'll find peace." But how many of us have found that to be true? I'm guessing not many. That's because true peace, the peace that fills you up, that calms the storm inside, isn't something we can create on our own. It's a gift from God.

After witnessing their Teacher's crucifixion, the apostles were consumed by fear, uncertainty, and despair. Their world had been turned upside down. But then, something extraordinary happened. Jesus appeared before them and spoke the first words after the Resurrection: "Peace be with you.” (John 20:21)

These words were not just a customary greeting of the day. When Jesus said, "Peace be with you," it was as if He was breathing divine grace into the very depths of their troubled souls. This wasn't just any peace, but the peace that surpasses all understanding—the peace that comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In today's world, where fear, worry, and hopelessness are all too common, the need for this peace is more urgent than ever. The peace that Jesus offered to His disciples that day is the same peace He offers to each and every one of us today. But here's the thing—like any gift, we have to choose to accept it. We have to open our hearts and let Him in. For us, peace is not an idea or a state of mind but a Person. Jesus Christ is our Peace, who rose from the dead.

So, I want to encourage you today to turn to Jesus, no matter what you're facing or how insurmountable your struggles may seem. Let Him be your peace. And remember, His peace isn't just for the good times; it's for the uncertain times, the challenging times, and the times when we feel like we can't go on. In those moments, remember His words: "Peace be with you.”

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