TUESDAY, APRIL 14
Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
John 20:19 (ESV)
FIRST WORDS: I STAND BEHIND MY PROMISE
A five year old girl was having one of those trouble-filled days with her mother. It seemed they spent the day arguing back and forth. Finally the mom had enough. “Jenny, go sit in the corner, right now! Don’t get up until I tell you to!” Jenny went to the corner and sat down. In a few minutes she called back, “Mom, I am sitting down on the outside, but I am standing up on the inside!” Many of us who are at home with our kids homeschooling during the self quarantine can probably relate to that story.
In John 20:19 Jesus was standing on the inside. He was not standing in rebellion. Jesus was standing inside the room as evidence of His resurrection, proof that He kept His promise to rise again and as a message of peace to the disciples. It can be disappointing when you are expecting someone to show up and they don’t. Jesus always shows up. He may not show up how or when we want Him to but He always shows up.
Many of us have been sheltering in place during the coronavirus epidemic. If we are fortunate we have been able to do that with some of the people we love the most. Have you thought about the fact that Jesus has been in your home with you during this time? He is with you because He loves you the most. In Hebrews 13:5-6 we read, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.”
What have you learned about what’s most important in the last few weeks? How can Jesus’ presence help your perspective on any present and future fears you have?