John 20:19. On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!”
The news has done a pretty good job informing us about the corona virus, but not knowing the entire capabilities of this virus has caused many of us to fear. (Note: listening to the rules being laid out by our local, state, and federal governments by self-quarantining yourself is not living in fear.) Some people are afraid about what is next as Salem Fields Community Church transitions away from the leadership of Pastors Buddy and Gaye. Others fear about what will happen to them when they die.
The disciples faced this same sort of fear of the unknown after the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. Upon the arrest of Jesus, many of the disciples ran off and hid. They went into hiding, fearing that they too would be arrested. After Jesus’ body was laid in the tomb the disciples came back together and locked themselves in the upper room where they had gathered for the Passover meal with Jesus just days before. Staying in that room, they gathered in fear because they didn’t know what was in store for their future. It was during this time of uncertainty that Jesus appeared to them and said these words, “Peace be with you.”
“Peace be with you.” Four words that say so much. During the time where the disciples were locked in fear, Jesus came to bring them peace; for the peace was Jesus. Today as we face uncertain times, the words of Jesus hold true for us as well. The peace of Jesus is with us today just as it was with the disciples. If we can display the peace that we get from Jesus to our world, then the light of hope will continue to shine during uncertain times.
Read: John 20:19-29
Listen to: “In Control” by Hillsong