“That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.” (John 20:19)
This is one of my favorite stories of Jesus
His disciples are meeting in fear, behind locked doors, not yet knowing that Jesus had been resurrected, when suddenly he appears to them, bringing them peace and granting them peace and his Holy Spirit 🕊
I wonder how often I forget what God has promised me and instead of trusting in those promises, I lock myself behind doors of fear. Fear that God won’t come through on His word, fear that what He said about me isn’t really true, fear that He couldn’t really love me enough to die for me, fear that He isn’t going to be with me in my darkest moments.
But you see, my favorite part about this story is that Jesus didn’t come to the door. He didn’t show up and knock and then scold the disciples for doubting his promises to them.
No, instead he just showed up.
He appeared right smack dab in the middle of their fears. The locks they had try to put up to keep their deepest fears at bay, Jesus didn’t even need to touch. He was greater than their attempts to put up locks around their doubts, and He still is today.
The first thing Jesus says to his disciples when he appears to them is “Peace be with you” and that is the first thing He wants to bring to us. Right in the middle of our doubts, and fears, Jesus steps into the places of our hearts that we have attempted to deadbolt shut, and says, “Peace be with you”. Our Savior is the Prince of Peace and no matter how hard we may try to hide and lock ourselves away in our fear... He is greater and his pursuit after our hearts is relentless. There is no lock that could ever keep Him from our side. But Jesus doesn’t stop there, after he speaks peace over his disciples, he grants them his Holy Spirit, a promise that no matter where He sends them, or what they face, He will be with them and dwell in them always.
And that same promise is true today, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have access to His peace and the promise of His presence, always.