Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19b
The Resurrected Jesus came and stood among His disciples. The Resurrected Jesus came and stood among His disciples! One small thing: the doors were locked! They were afraid of the Jews (most likely the ruling leaders who had just had Jesus crucified) and here was Jesus! The locked doors were no barrier for Him. In fact, He doesn’t even mention the closed doors. He instead gives them peace and shows them His hands and side as a confirmation that it was Him. Jesus miraculously showed up and gave them peace.
That became the theme for us on Sunday. Many of you stepped up to the microphone to share a time in your life when Jesus miraculously showed up and gave you peace. The stories y’all shared as you were prompted by the Holy Spirit were an encouragement to many hearts, including my own. Since Sunday, folks have been sharing with me how much it meant to hear the stories of Jesus showing up in each other’s lives. That’s very meaningful because these weren’t stories from other people, they were stories from us, from our own lives and encounters with the Risen Lord Jesus.
Just as John and the other disciples experienced the Power and Presence of the Lord, so have we! An equally important lesson we can take from John and the other disciples as well as our own stories is that Jesus is not a “one hit wonder”. We can have hope that He will again be our help. We all need to hear that. We all need to remember that and we all need to encourage each other that He is our Hope and our Help. Sunday was a great testimony to that. Now, let us keep walking forward with Him today!
Peace be with you!
Please read John 21 for Sunday.