Blessed Easter week to you!
Thanks for taking a moment to read this Glory Minute; I pray it helps bring the reality of Easter to your Thursday.
Real quick- I’d like you to think about one big thing before you. Maybe it’s a worry, an uncertainty, a challenge before you, or something you just don’t know how it’s ever going to get better. Think of that big thing and hang onto it for a second…
Jesus meets with His disciples for the first time on Easter Sunday night. They are behind locked doors, out of fear the Jewish authorities might come for them as well. It’s into this fear that Jesus stands among them, and delivers these first words: “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). I’d like us to reflect on these words for a moment.
I love that Jesus, although Himself having endured a horrific crucifixion and rose victorious from the grave, makes these first words not about Him, but about us. Just like He is thinking about us from the cross, (“Father, forgive them, for they do not know not what they are doing” (Luke 23:34), He continues to do the same after the Resurrection.
“Peace be with you” is an invitation to a changed reality. Because of the cross and a tomb that is (and remains) empty, we are at peace with God through Jesus Christ. His work has made it so. This peace means that no matter what is before us, or around us, we fundamentally know peace.
So back to that big thing, the big thing before you. The peace God brings is meant to impact how you think about that. Nothing (nothing!) is outside of God’s care, or ability to impact, or desire to work good within. He came to bring peace to His disciples, and to you, and to especially what troubles you.
Easter isn’t just a Sunday only thing, or a church only thing. Jesus wins this to impact your today. “Peace be with you” (John 20:19).
Peace to you,