When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, many questions arose about how he greeted them. Did he wave?
Did he hug them? Did he say anything special? Let’s explore the different accounts from the Gospels and see what they reveal.
In Matthew’s account, we read that as the women were running to tell the disciples about Jesus’ resurrection, they encountered him on the way. They fell down to worship him, and Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” There is no explicit greeting mentioned here, but we can assume that Jesus spoke kindly to them as they were frightened.
In John’s Gospel, we find a more detailed account of Jesus’ greeting. On the evening of the Resurrection day, Jesus appeared to his disciples who were gathered in a locked room for fear of the Jews. He said to them, “Peace be with you!” Then he showed them his hands and side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw him. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” He then breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The Meaning of “Peace be with you”
The phrase “Peace be with you” was a common greeting in Jewish culture at that time. It was a way of saying hello or goodbye but also carried deeper meaning of well-being and wholeness. By saying this twice in quick succession, Jesus emphasized it as an important message.
In Luke’s Gospel account, we find another unique encounter between Jesus and his disciples after his resurrection. As they were talking about all the things that had happened, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost. Jesus reassured them by showing them his hands and feet, and then asked for something to eat. He took a piece of broiled fish and ate it in their presence.
Why Did Jesus Eat in Front of Them?
Eating together was a common way of sharing fellowship and intimacy in Jewish culture. By eating with his disciples, Jesus was emphasizing that he was not just a spirit or a ghost, but truly alive. He was also demonstrating that he wasn’t just a vision or an apparition, but had a physical body that could touch and be touched.
In all the accounts of Jesus’ greeting to his disciples after his resurrection, we see him emphasizing the message of peace and reassurance. He wanted them to know that he was truly alive, not just a spirit or an apparition. By showing them his hands and feet or eating with them, he demonstrated that he had a physical body.
As we reflect on these encounters between Jesus and his disciples, let us remember the importance of peace and fellowship in our own lives. May we also be reminded of the reality of Christ’s resurrection and the hope it brings to us all.