"It is true! The Lord has risen." While they were still talking....Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' (Luke 24:34, 36) "Go, tell his disciples and Peter that [Jesus] is going ahead of you to Galilee ." (Mark 16:7) " Lo, I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b)
After their Lord's crucifixion, the disciples were left fearful, defeated, desolate. But their despair turned to joy! Their Lord was undefeated by death and the very worst that evil could do.
As He offered his disciples peace that first Easter, so He offers us his peace today. As He went before them to Galilee and promised to be with them always, so He goes before us and promises to be with us always. His disciples became changed men, full of courage and authority. So may we be changed.
Holy Jesus, be Lord of my life. Amen.