Peace be with you

John 20:19-23

Isn’t it odd that, after all of the miracles Jesus’ disciples witnessed, and the authoritative teaching they received, none of them seemed to believe Jesus would be raised on the third day? Even before he was crucified, it seems his closest companions had forgotten everything Jesus showed them and told them.

Scripture tells us they all abandoned him. Not one stood watch near the tomb or waited to see if he would rise. When Jesus died their hopes seemed to die. Even their faith seemed to fade away. Yet Christ did rise from the tomb. Jesus did, in fact, conquer death. And he appeared to the remaining eleven disciples to erase their doubts, ease their fears, and bring them peace such that the world cannot give.

Jesus’ resurrection means the doubts and fears of all who believe are overcome. In his victory over sin and the grave, our Lord Jesus conquered the greatest fears of all. There are no powers that are able to undo what Christ has done. Life and the joy of God’s presence await the people of God. Because Jesus lives, we shall live also.

Prayer: O Lord our God, we give you thanks and praise for the life that comes through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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