By Angus Wightman, Leader of King’s Church, Keswick.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the disciples and the lockdown they found themselves in over 2000 years ago. Have a look at John 20:19-23.
The disciples were in hiding; the doors were locked, they were afraid and fearful. Their eyes were firmly fixed upon their circumstances and current situation and they were consumed by fear. Everything changed when Jesus came into the room and stood amongst them; everything changed when they saw Jesus – ‘The disciples were overjoyed when they saw Jesus.’ They realised they were not alone; they moved from a place of fear to a place of joy.
Jesus’ first words to his friends were, ‘Peace be with you!’. He used the Hebrew word Shalom, a rich word, full of deep meaning and promise- peace, safety, contentment, healing and salvation.
True peace is a gift from the risen Lord Jesus. Through his death and resurrection we have the opportunity of being reconciled to God, if we put our faith and trust in him.
We can know peace with God and we can know the peace of God. In Philippians 4 Paul says, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God… will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’
I’m praying that we would all know his peace and comfort during these difficult and challenging times as we lift our eyes and look to the risen Jesus.