Bible Reading: John 20:19-29
Let’s continue to explore God’s peace today, remembering that before someone can be a peacemaker they must themselves be people of peace.
In John 14:27, not only did Jesus speak His peace to the disciples but, after His resurrection, He appeared to the disciples and spoke peace to them. They had all fled when Jesus was crucified and were now locked in the upper room for fear of what the Jews might do them. Suddenly, Jesus came. There is an old chorus that says:
“When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken,
When Jesus comes, those tears He wipes away;
He takes the gloom, and fills the life with glory,
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.”
Jesus spoke three times to the disciples’ fear when He came to the upper room. His first words to them were, “Peace be with you” [John 19:23]. Recent events had left them in fear. Their expectations and hopes had been shattered. They did not understand what was happening. Jesus had been taken from them and been crucified and now their own lives were in danger.
The second time that Jesus spoke peace in that upper room immediately preceded the words, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” [John20:21]. He was now speaking peace to their future. Jesus would send out the disciples in exactly the same way as the Father had sent Him. How did the Father send Jesus? He was sent to lay down His life. He was sent to battle against, and defeat, an evil enemy. He was sent to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. He was sent to minister under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls us in the same way as He called those first disciples and He promises His peace to us in the same way that He promised them.
The third time Jesus spoke peace in the upper room was eight days after He first appeared there [John 20:26]. The disciples were still behind shut doors, but this time Jesus spoke to Thomas and to his unbelief.
Jesus spoke peace into the hearts of His disciples. What was causing lack of peace? It was disappointment, unfulfilled expectations, ignorance, fear, doubt, and uncertainty about the future.
Are there any areas of your life that lack the peace of God – either things in the past, the present or the future? Surrender those things to Him and allow His peace to flood those areas of your life.
Why do you think that the disciples were still in the upper room eight days after Jesus had spoken peace to them and commissioned to minister in the same way that the Father had sent Him?
Why do you think that disappointment is a powerful and dangerous emotion?