John 20:19 NKJV Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
On the evening of the day of His resurrection, Jesus who had already been seen by Mary Magdalene and proclaimed to be alive to a few other ladies by an angel is about to appear to His disciples. These great men and women of God, who had been following Jesus for years now, were huddled together in a home with the windows drawn and the doors shut because they were afraid. They were hiding. They were afraid.
They had heard that Jesus body was gone. They weren’t sure what they thought about Mary’s testimony that she had seen and spoken to Jesus, but they were sure that they were being considered as prime suspects in the disappearance of Jesus’ body. They feared that they would be put to death as His disciples or apprehended as body snatchers so they hid. Their fear kept them from living life, proclaiming God’s goodness, and certainly hindered them from hearing testimonies and remembering both God’s Word and what Jesus Himself had told them about how He must die and be resurrected.
Then Jesus walks in to the midst of their fearful situation and says, “Peace be with you.” His presence and His Word bring us peace when we are overwhelmed. When we realize that we have His peace and have been sent by God on a mission of mercy to the world we will leave the house. Your house is whatever fears you allow to keep you bound up. They prevent you from living life. They keep you from embracing His Promises to you. They also keep us from fulfilling our purpose and our call as His ambassadors in the Earth.
It is time to get out of the house. It’s time to shed your fears. And the Church is not exempt. For LIGHT to truly be effective it must be in the darkness. Fear keeps the church huddled up together and contained by the darkness all around us. After Jesus walked into that home and said, “Peace be with you” everything changed for those men and women. They knew it was time to get out of the house. They knew they had destiny to do.
You have destiny to do too. Jesus has come into your house and spoken peace to you in the midst of your fears just like He did those disciples that day. It’s time to get out of the HOUSE. The light in you is powerful; go shine it in the darkness. You have His peace! Fear Not!