22 April 2012

"Peace to you."

"...He shows them his wounds - the nail marks in His hands, the wound of the spear in His side. And here, before their eyes, was the fulfilment of what the prophet Isaiah had said so many generations before: 'He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.' Jesus Christ – the Victim of violence, now stands before them as the Prince of Peace, and saying to them 'Peace to you.' This was a peace which the world cannot give. The Hebrew word for peace is 'shalom,' which means more than the simple absence of war and fighting; it means that everything is in its place, everything is in harmony, everything is whole – in fact, this peace is really what 'atonement' – at-one-ment – is. What Jesus accomplished on the Cross is now spoken to the disciples, and to all of us, 'Peace to you.'"

- from today's sermon, based on St. Luke 24:35-48