Scripture selection: Luke 24:36
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
When the report was given about how Jesus appeared to some of the disciples, he appeared again.
What did he say?
Did he rebuke them for lack of faith?
Did he warn them that crosses of sacrifice were waiting for them too?
Did he tell them to lock their doors and stay away from public places?
Did he tell them to get out of town?
No – he offered them his peace.
“Peace be with you.”
They were understandably startled. The scripture goes so far as to say they were frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
In response, Jesus simply reassured them again.
He told them to look at his hands and feet and prove to themselves that he wasn’t a ghost.
I can imagine that in his approach to them, a look, a touch, he reassured them again.
What an amazing moment that must have been.
Yet Jesus still does that. Perhaps not in such a dramatic way – suddenly appearing out of nowhere, behind closed doors – but He comes to us nevertheless.
He offers us what he always offers – His peace.
Will we trust it? Will we accept it? Will it enable us to be the persons He calls us to be?
Or will we stay behind closed doors – still afraid?