By Pastor Jim Schoon
KEY PASSAGE: JOHN 20:19
When we find ourselves in the middle of a changing situation that shatters our normal pattern of life, it is easy to work ourselves into a dark and foreboding mindset. This week begins our 5th week of shelter-in-place, and uncertainty swirls around us. The Easter message is one that gives us confidence as we walk through these times.
A verse that will lift our spirits is found in John 20:19, where we read, “On the evening of the first day of the week (following the resurrection of Jesus), when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’”
In a sense, the disciples were sheltering in place because they faced an uncertain future. Did the resurrection of Jesus really happen? If it did, what does that mean for us? If it did not, what are we going to do? Will we be found by the authorities? If so, what will happen to us? Questions and more questions…and not many answers.
In that moment the resurrected Jesus came into their midst and offered them peace. It was a peace that could only come from God…a peace that would settle their hearts as they came face to face with the resurrected Christ and all He meant to them. Yes! Jesus was alive and the disciples received the peace he had to offer…and their lives were brighter because of that gift.
As we shelter-in-place today, we also have questions. When will it end? What will life look like when this is over? How will this impact me? These questions and more swirl around us. The Easter story reminds us that the resurrected Christ stands in our midst and says, “Peace be with you.” This is a peace that will strengthen us in the moment and give us confidence to move forward knowing that the Risen Christ goes with us!
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, thank You for the Easter story and the powerful meaning it has for us today. May the peace of the risen Christ be with us as we live…one day at a time. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.