Jesus Appears...

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

John 20:19 - On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

As I read the reading for the week, John 20:19-31, the first verse jumped out at me. Funny how a verse you've seen many times can all of a sudden grab your attention and force you to ponder it further. There's a lot going on in this verse, enough to warrant a dissertation or maybe even a movie. Move over Noah, Jesus is back. On the other hand, it's a rather unheralded verse, it doesn't even merit it's own blip in my study bible. No insights, reflections, deep thoughts or even a brief comment. Kind of strange for the amount of stuff going on here.

First, the disciples are in hiding "for fear of the Jews." One can only imagine what that means. The lengths the leaders went to to get rid of Jesus makes me wonder what they were trying to do to get rid of his followers. Bounties? More silver? False charges? Obviously the disciples feared for their lives and had no idea what to do. Ever been there? No idea what to do? I have, but at least I know Jesus will show up. I'm not sure how much faith these guys had in Jesus showing up but certainly they were beyond relieved when he did.

The second part of this is Jesus appears to the disciples for the first time. This should be HUGE! But it comes off as "oh, and by the way, Jesus appeared." He's back! They should be kneeling on the floor, praising Jesus, giddy with joy! Shouldn't they? OK, the next verse said they were overjoyed so I guess I can accept that. This is the start of all evangelism, the birth of the disciples being sent into the world by receiving the Holy Spirit as Jesus breathed on them. And most importantly, this verse shows them that "Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." Amen.

Terry Luce

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