The First Sunday after Easter
April 28, 2019
(John 20:19-20 NIV) "On the evening of that first day of the week, 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!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord."
The disciples of Jesus were troubled. They were afraid. They were confused. They didn’t quite know what to think. They had forgotten the words Jesus had spoken to them a number of times which told them exactly what was going to happen to him.
So on the same day he rose from the grave Jesus comes and gives them the blessing, the encouragement, the comfort they needed with the word “Peace”. This includes the idea that God is no longer angry with them because of their sins. This is repeating the message of the angels at his birth: "On earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:14 KJV)
He showed himself to them, and they were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
We today might be disappointed that we can’t see Jesus face-to-face – At least we won’t see him until judgment day. But we can see Jesus in the Scriptures – any time we want. We can find comfort and encouragement in Jesus’ words – the Bible. We can read and remember what he has to say to us anytime we open the Holy Scriptures!
Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that we who celebrate the joy of the Lord’s resurrection may by the renewal of thy Holy Spirit rise again unto everlasting life because of that same Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.