John 20 v 19-29
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” … Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” … Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”…
Have you had a conversation on the phone with someone during lockdown and asked what they had been doing? You have had more exciting conversations perhaps because one of the major difficulties for many is the mundaneness of life. Each day there seems to be repeated activity.
On the evening of the Resurrection day Jesus had supernaturally appeared at a disciples meeting in a certain house that was locked down because of their fear of being found. These soon to be super-apostles were not looking good.
His words were “Peace be with you”. He showed them his nail prints in his hands and side and AGAIN said “Peace be with you” before commissioning them.
A week later, the disciples met AGAIN. They were AGAIN in the same house. They AGAIN locked the doors. AGAIN Jesus supernaturally stood among them and yes AGAIN He said the same words, “Peace be with you” before encountering doubting Thomas.
Often our lockdown days are AGAIN moments.
We struggle because we want long for different, spontaneous, exciting moments … again!
Invite Jesus to come to today and to declare over you AGAIN: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you, Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (v21-23)
BE AT PEACE; BE SENT; BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT; BE A FORGIVER.
Lockdown is an opportunity to settle the anxieties of your life and to be at peace with yourself and with God. Receive HIS PEACE today.
It is a moment to be re-commissioned, we will be out of our homes soon and when we do we will have new relationships to maintain, the people in our street for example who we spoke to for the first time at the Thursday 8pm clap.
We now have time to seek HIM and for the SPIRIT to overwhelm our lives with the presence of God.
Lockdown is an opportunity to reflect on our relationships too. To let the prisoners go from our lives. To forgive. To release them so that we are free.
Come Lord Jesus!