While they [the disciples] 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. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Luke 24:37-39
So much had happened to Jesus’ disciples during the week before Good Friday. They were ripped from the traditional holy Passover observance and watched helplessly as their leader was crucified.
Perhaps their reaction was similar to my numb state in the aftermath of a loved one’s death and funeral. I walked around in a fog, mechanically performing necessary tasks, sometimes having difficulty just getting from one moment to another.
Jesus’ resurrection and reappearance to the disciples capped the three-plus years they’d been with Him. No doubt, their emotions ran the gamut from elation to wondering if their minds were playing tricks on them.
This is when Jesus is at His best—when we’re confused, alone, dazed, and unsure where to walk or what to do next. That’s when He says, “Peace be with you…It is I myself.” What a reassuring statement from our Savior!
· In the midst of this Holy week, please pray for Christians suffering persecution around the world. Their work (and our work) carries Christ’s resurrection and hope to the lost.
· Pray for the tornado survivors in Dallas, Texas, as they deal with the disaster’s aftermath.
· Please add your prayer requests in the comments section below so we can all join in prayer for you. Leave your requests anonymously, if you wish, or if you have a confidential request, please email me.
When you feel troubled or full of doubts, remember Christ’s comforting words: “Peace be with you.”
Enjoy this song Because He Lives, as we go to the Lord in prayer.