Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. John 20:19-20
Are you at peace today? Do you have so much on your plate that you feel overwhelmed? Maybe you are feeling the pressures of life with work, the kids, finances, possibly a new job, your marriage, final exams or becoming a parent. Maybe you watch too much of the crazy stories on the news with terrorism, murders, and unrest all around the world. Maybe I just completely ruined your day by listing all of those things you were not even thinking about!! Sorry about that, but either way, I think Jesus would say to all of us ‘Peace be with you’. Those words coming from Jesus, the King of Kings, the Savior of the world, The Prince of peace, just sound so peaceful, dont they? Jesus has defeated sin, and risen from the dead, the tomb was found to be empty and now we see His disciples gathered together behind locked doors in fear as the Jews were out looking for them. Remember they were accused of stealing the body, so there was probably a manhunt started just for them. But, just at the right time, Jesus, somehow through the locked doors, and probably in a much cooler way than a StarTrek ‘beam me up Scotty’ transporter moment, shows up. He arrives at just the right time. He shows them His hands and side where He was nailed to the cross and pierced. Certainly that is what provides the ultimate peace, knowing we have Forgiveness of sins, the promise of eternal life. But these disciples needed extra encouragement and when they saw the Lord, they were glad. That greek word for glad mean’s they were rejoicing exceedingly. He brought relief and joy to that moment of unrest. He was alive and He cared and loved them so He showed up for them! I think Jesus wants to do the same for us. He is not going to be transported into our office, but you can transport Him in by renewing your mind by being reminded of His promises. He will never leave you or forsake you, we can cast all of our cares upon Him, because He cares for us, when we are stressed, we should pray, give thanks and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. There are many more, but I believe that when we are reminded that The Prince of peace is always with us, that He hasn’t left us, that He is Christ in me the hope of glory, then those moments of pressure get refocused in light of who He is and how He is alive. Let’s not let the overwhelming pressures of life rob us of peace and joy. Take a moment, pause in your day, pray, meditate on His promises, remind yourself that He is the promise giver and He is alive in us. Then, I believe, we too will be filled with that ultimate peace and joy.