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"Peace be with you." Nicely done.

Don’t be silly. Of course there are things you’d do differently.

No Holy Week and Easter celebration ever goes perfectly.

That’s kind of the point.

If anyone should have regrets about their Easter, it would be the first disciples. Hand chosen, seminary trained by Jesus himself, and they still messed it up.

Arguing about who was the greatest. Sword slinging. Running away. Denying. Hiding in fear.

And what was the response of Jesus when he appeared to them for the first time after all their lame efforts at following their Master?

“Peace be with you.”

If Jesus were to pull up a chair next to you as you’re reading this, what would he say about your less than perfect ministry this past week? I have no doubt. You shouldn’t either.

“Peace be with you.”

It’s what he does best. It’s why he came. It’s why he died and rose again. For you. Peace.

These past few days have been a great worldwide celebration of the “foolishness” and the “weakness” of a Savior who offered himself on the cross for people like you. None of it makes any sense.

And if you’re having any sort of post-Lenten, post-Easter, exhaustion induced regret about the feebleness of your ministry, take heart.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

And don’t forget this part: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:21, 27).

That’s you.

Weak? Yeah, pretty weak. Foolish? Uh huh. Just the way he likes you.

Now sit back and find some time to welcome Jesus and listen to what he has to say. Like Peter and the others, huddled together, wondering at the amazing events of the day, then seeing him alongside, smiling, loving, blessing. Listen to what he says.

“Peace be with you.”

Nicely done, servant of Christ. Joyous Easter to you. Welcome his grace. Bathe in his blessing.

Then go turn the world upside down!

Thanks for reading.