The Path to Peace

The Path to Peace

Tuesday, April 21

Why is Jesus always portrayed in movies as a calm, stoic teacher who never has any fun? This post-resurrection scene paints a different picture. Here, Jesus suddenly appears among his disciples who are cowering in a locked room. Why? Probably to see the looks on their faces. (I’m pretty sure he still knew how to knock on a door.)

Jesus brings the gift of peace to his disciples. It is a gift that comes with a task: forgive. We are reminded again that forgiveness is not an option for Christians. Forgiveness is a thin space in the boundary between heaven and earth, a place where our actions have divine implications. But forgiveness is hard—at times it is nigh impossible. Thankfully we have an example to look to: Jesus, who daily forgives you and me, who know not what we do.

Jesus makes no exceptions to his command to forgive, so let’s get started.

God of grace, today I forgive _________ as you have forgiven me. AMEN.

About the Author

Tyler Johnson lives in Urbandale, Iowa, where he and his wife, Erin, serve as co-pastors of Urban Heights Covenant Church. Before entering seminary, Johnson was an engineer and worked at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He holds a fifth-degree black belt in traditional tae kwon do, which he teaches at church.

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