MONDAY, APRIL 13
“…the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”
John 20:19 (ESV)
FIRST WORDS: I CAN GIVE YOU PEACE
Diane Prestwood shared this story. Returning home one afternoon with my two daughters, Kimberley, age two, and Kristi, six months, I pulled into my driveway and stopped to check the mailbox. But when I returned to the car, I found Kimberley had pushed the locks down on both doors—and I had left the key in the ignition.
For an hour I tried to explain to Kimberley how to pull up the door handle. I was on the verge of tears. My husband wasn’t home, and since we live in the country, there were no neighbors to help. Finally Kimberley stood up and softly tapped on the window. As I looked down at her, she said, “Mommy, do you want me to roll down the window?”
The first Easter started behind locked doors for the disciples. Many of the doors of our businesses have been locked for fear of spreading the coronavirus. The fear isn’t the virus itself but what the virus can do to us or to people around us we care about. The virus has proven to be deadly. In the same way the disciples were hiding behind locked doors because the Jews had proven themselves to be deadly. They had a good and legitimate reason to be afraid. Yet, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead proved that He was more powerful than their biggest fears.
Jesus broke the silence at His first post resurrection appearance to the disciples with the words “Peace be with you.” Peace was the opposite of what they had been feeling over the last few days. Yet, it’s almost like Jesus starts the conversation with the words, “It’s going to be okay.”
Take a few minutes and write down a few of your biggest fears in this season of life. And like the disciples there are probably some legitimate reasons for you to be afraid. Now ask yourself how does Jesus’ resurrection address your biggest fears? Did His reason for dying on the cross have anything to do with what’s behind your fears? Is God more powerful than whatever you’re afraid of?