Jesus Came and Said, “Peace”

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.”

John 20:19 (ESV)

The risen Christ came into the midst of his followers. They locked the door because they feared the Jews and those in power. The first words He spoke were words of comfort to them, “Peace be with you.”

His followers had been turmoil, the like of which they never before experienced. All His closest followers, except one, fell away from Him. He had told them they would do that very thing. That fact that his prediction came true may have added to their somber mood.

In our present world, devout believers know that their walk with God can be difficult and they will face trying and event tumultuous times. Those believers also know that through their faith and trust in Jesus, the will find peace.

For Our Thoughts:

· Should we, as Christians, have fears about what we hear and see going on in our society today?

· What do you suppose the people in that room thought when they heard Jesus say “Peace be with you?”

·What do we need to do when we face trying even tumultuous times in our daily walk through this word?

This devotional essay is from my book, Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy.