John 20.19-20 cont.
19 During the evening of that first day of the week (of Sabbaths), the doors having been shut, because the disciples were afraid of the Jews, Jesus came and stood amongst them and said (says) to them: “Peace to you”.
20 And saying this His showed both His hands and side, and the disciples rejoiced at seeing the Lord.
The words of Jesus to His disciples are words that come to every generation throughout the centuries. They are words that He brings to everyone who receives Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Every generation has its troubled times. The ravages of war bring fear to millions of people. Many families are torn apart through various causes. Divorce is probably at a record level. We are all aware of the discord, and hurt, and grief that divorce brings.
Terrorism seems to be a global occurrence, making people fearful, because we all know that terrorist can strike anywhere in the world.
Fear is on the increase.
There is a fear of being plagued by deadly diseases, such as cancer, heart attacks, diabetes etc.
There are many things that cause people to fear and to panic, some of which are mundane, but others are very serious.
The disciples were in a place of great fear, but Jesus comes into the midst and says: “Peace to you”.
There are quite a number of times in the Scriptures where we are told that God gives us peace:
The LORD gives His people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace – Psalm 29.11 (NLT).
Isaiah prophesied this:
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You! – Isaiah 26.3 (NLT).
54 times in the Scriptures we are told: ‘Fear Not’.
It is clear that God does not want us to live in fear, but to live within His peace.
In his first letter and chapter 4 John wrote:
18 In love there is no fear because perfect love drives it out. The person fearing has not been made perfect in love.
Today Jesus stands before each one of us and says:
“Peace to you”.
May each one of us experience His peace, the peace that is beyond all understanding.