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 (NLT)

Imagine what it must have been like for the group huddling in the upper room. Their best friend, Jesus of Nazareth, died on Friday. The Sabbath of course was quiet. The Jewish leaders went about their normal Sabbath Day routine. Some were no doubt gloating a bit. Now that the number one thorn in their side had been removed, now they could get back to worshipping God the way he was supposed to be worshipped.

In the meantime Jesus’ disciples hid and wondered what would happen next. Would the Jewish leadership continue to pursue ‘the way’ or would they dust off their robes and go back to life as normal. Add to that was the startling information that Mary and some of the others brought. Jesus had been seen. Alive!

They huddled in the room afraid, confused and ashamed. Would the Jews be coming after them? Why did things fall apart so quickly? One week they were riding a wave of popularity, the next they were running for their lives…and run they did. How could they leave him at a time like that? Every one of them deserted him. The betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter weren’t isolated incidents. Their rabbi died alone because of their fear.

Then, suddenly he was there. Right in their midst. No door knock. No request to enter. Just poof! And Jesus stood before them with the same look of love and the same posture of compassion He always had. In the midst of their reeling emotions and searching for words, he spoke first.

“Peace be with you.”

Wasn’t that just like Jesus? He didn’t question their actions or their motives. He didn’t sarcastically thank them for standing by them. He didn’t remind them of all the times he’d stood by them or put up with their silly arguments. He simply offered them his peace, a peace that passes all understanding (and may I add, wisdom?)

He did it with the woman caught in adultery- “Neither do I condemn thee.”

He did it with the woman with an issue of blood-no irritation, only love and understanding.

And remember the woman whose only son had died? He broke away from the crowd to speak directly to her and gave raised her son from the dead!

And so it is to this day. Jesus longs to offer you the one thing that evades us when bills mount, relationships falter, kids rebel, careers end and good health evades us. His peace is offered regardless of our sin, our rebellion or our doubt. His peace not only passes all understanding, it requires nothing on our part except to accept his forgiveness and ask.

Whatever troubles you today, Jesus is knocking at the door and longing to come in and offer you his peace. All you have to do is ask.

PRAYER: Jesus I have so many things that hound me right now. So many things desiring to steal my peace of mind and heart. Empower me with your spirit to find the peace you long to give me. Amen

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