Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-23 NKJV
The disciples were in a predicament. They just lost their leader in a bloody show of evil (Jesus had just carried out His task on the cross), one of the ones they ran with hanged himself (I’m talking about Judas see Matthew 27:3-5), and the Jews were not feeling them one bit because of what they had been teaching with Jesus as their guide. Although Jesus spent a significant amount of time encouraging them before His death they still happened to find themselves shut in a room “for fear of the Jews”.
How many of us have allowed fear of what people will say, think, or do to us, if we fully walk in our callings for God, keep us shut up in a room? Many people have probably turned from walking with you in the past and feeling alone is not an uncommon thing for anyone let alone someone who has dedicated their life to serving Christ. It can be downright scary. And although God has given us a promise that He will never leave or forsake us some of us are still allowing ourselves to be shut in a room where our lights cannot shine as God has created them to.
One of the things I saw in this Scripture was that even though Jesus left, He remained! He showed up when they needed Him and He didn’t offer them money, houses, new clothes, a scholarship, or any other material thing, but He offered them His peace and He showed Himself to them. He showed them His hands and His side and then breathed on them the Holy Spirit!
Many of us are locked in a room of fear waiting for God to bless us with things or people or even a sign that we are
walking in the right direction. But we don’t need any of those things, He has already left with us every thing that we need to succeed and we find those things in Him.
His Peace: He has left it with us that we may stay calm and collected in the midst of anything we might face. When we experience this peace that surpasses all understanding we gain courage to walk in the face of fear. There’s power in that and because of that power we are able to see God work things out and manifest Himself not only by knocking every hindrance out of the way but allowing us to receive the blessings promised.
He shows Himself: If we can just remember what the cross signifies we would be encouraged. That even when we face deathly situations, we must rise. Because He has resurrected so shall we. Because He conquered the grave, so will we. I don’t know what your grave situation looks like right now but understand that His hands being nailed and side being pierced represents your total victory! It may look bloody and gross but the results are pure and victorious. He shows Himself to us as a reminder that we will win! So keep pressing!
His Holy Spirit: We have the Holy Spirit so allow it to teach, guide, and advocate for you as He has promised in His word. Stand firm and minister as God has called you to do. (Minister—Whatever you do that you are doing unto the Lord: work, dance, parenting, teaching, talking, loving, etc).
If you are shut up in a room right now due to fear remember these three things and allow them to push you out of the claustrophobic box and into your purpose that will not only save you but perhaps and entire generation!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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