The story I told yesterday reminds me of another “secret” gathering and special visitor. “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).
Thoughts may have been racing through their minds about what would happen to them. If the Jews and Roman leaders killed Jesus, what would they do with them, His followers. They had each other and needed to meet for comfort. Mary came and told them that she had seen the Lord, but the other disciples still had not seen Him. Their fears remained real.
For Jesus to step into that room, even when the doors were locked was what they needed. His first words to them were, “Peace be with you.” No wonder “the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” Jesus wasted no time in diverting their attention away from their fears and what had happened to the next great event on the divine calendar.
“And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (20:22). Though Pentecost was still about fifty days away, Jesus wanted them to be ready. This was the same message in Acts 1:8 just before He ascended into heaven.
What is the lesson for us in this appearance and instruction? In the same way, we must not focus on how difficult the times are, but on preparation for what God wants to do next. You will need the power of the Spirit in you to be ready for doing His work. Is He unhindered in your life?
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