John 20:19-20 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. The message of Easter is that through his death and resurrection, Jesus offers us peace. This is bigger than at first seems as the English word doesn’t capture the scale of the original Biblical language. Peace talks of not just lack of strife, but of wholeness, contentment, completeness, ease and fulfilment. This sense of peace was first lost in the Garden of Eden when our relationships were broken, but through the brokenness of the Cross, Jesus has achieved and offers its restoration – what great news for our restless yearning world! “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” (Saint Augustine of Hippo, Early Church Father in his ‘Confessions’) Lord, help me to cease my strivings and rest in you.

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