On the day Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples were gathered together discussing all they had heard and seen. They locked the doors because they were afraid. When Jesus entered the room filled with his fearful disciples that evening, his first words to them were “Peace be with you.” Can you imagine that moment? What an amazing greeting! Maybe they thought back to the night they were with him when he told the sea “Peace! Be still!” (Mark 4:39). Or maybe they recalled one of the many other miracles they had witnessed. In any case, the risen God of all creation had just assured them that he was still in control and they were glad to see him. 

As a pastor, I’ve often been with others in rooms filled with fear. Hospital ICU waiting rooms and funeral homes, as well as offices and living rooms can often be filled with fearful people. The same Jesus who declared “Peace be with you” on that first Easter Sunday still gives peace to his followers today. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s remember that the reason he came as the baby in the manger was so that he could grow to be the man who died on the cross and rose from the dead to bring salvation and eternal peace to those who trust in him.

What are your fears?

In this season, be reminded that our fears offer no challenge to our risen Lord’s power. He has conquered sin and death and demonstrated that he has the power to bring Peace to all creation. Just as the host of angels declared to the shepherds on the night of his birth.
~ Randy Overstreet