We are continuing in the Book of John today. Each day it seems I am getting new insights into this book from the beloved disciple. Let’s look at today’s verses,
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, 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.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
I love how Jesus loves us and knows us so well. He speaks peace over his disciples, and with good reason. They needed it, and He knew it.
Can you imagine being in a locked room, and Jesus appearing before you? No knock on the door, no doorbell, no wave through a window, He was just there. One minute He wasn’t and the next minute He was. The Scripture tells us the room was locked because they were afraid, so we already know what kind of shape they are in: shaken up, and scared for their lives. No wonder the first thing He said was “Peace be with you”. Jesus saw the look on their faces and knew He needed to calm them down. Jesus knew that in the midst of the storm they had been through, they needed peace to try to understand it all and to press forward. He knew that they needed help with their unbelief. He showed them His hands and His side.
They heard, they saw, they touched, but they still weren’t settled. So once again the patient Teacher said “Peace be with you”. They needed to hear it again because He was sending them on assignment. Right after He spoke peace over them again, He told them they were to do as He had done. They were to go out. They had no idea what was ahead but they knew if He said go, they had to.
Jesus knew if He sent them with peace, they could do it. Philippians 4:13 tells us we can do all things through Christ, He is our strength.
All of this is for our life application today. Jesus speaks “Peace be with you” over each of us. We are His hands and feet, we are a sent people and fear or no fear, we must go. Oftentimes we find ourselves just like the disciples, shaken up and scared for our lives, but I am hear to tell you, we have His peace over us and there is no need to fear. I once heard one of my favorite evangelists say, “do it afraid”. I will be honest with you, I have “done it afraid” many times and Jesus always comes through for me. There is great peace and reward when we are obedient.
When we let fear keep us from His call we are losing out. When we let fear talk us out of that goal or dream we have, we are losing out.
When we let fear keep us from helping and loving others, when we let it keep us from our greatest calling of telling others about Jesus, we both lose. I think I will choose peace. How about you?
I refuse fear, in the name of Jesus, because I’ve come to learn something — F.E.A.R. is really (for a believer) an acrostic for: Faith Exercised And Rewarded! In other words, when that “fear” tries to cripple me or hinder me from moving forward in faith, I MUST look at that fear for what it REALLY is –it’s an OPPORTUNITY for me to take Faith and Exercise it And be Rewarded …it’s God’s promise to reward even the smallest act of faith. I don’t want to sacrifice any of God’s rewards in my life to fear.