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, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
There are many situations that may arise in our lives and make us fearful—a medical diagnosis, losing a job, natural disasters, crime and violence, tumultuous relationships. Often what is scary is the uncertainty that accompanies these kinds of situations. The disciples knew firsthand what it was like for their world to be turned upside down. They had gone from the highest high of fellowship with the Messiah to the lowest low of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion. Doubt and uncertainty crept into their lives. They had lost their master and were afraid they might now be killed, as well. These fearful circumstances had invaded their world, and now here they sat, locked in a room not knowing what to do next.
Maybe we are enduring a fearful situation. But Jesus steps into the midst of our fear and brings us peace. There are no walls that can keep Him out. There is no barrier that He cannot pass through. There is nothing that can prevent Him from coming to us in the worst moments of our lives. And His presence brings us a peace that can overcome any anxiety, that can cast out any fear.
Let’s allow Jesus into our darkest places. Though we might hide cowering in the corner, let’s not push Jesus away. Let’s trust Him. Let’s cling to Him. Let’s hope in His strength and His wisdom and not let uncertainty or fear push us away from His love. Jesus is very near. Our Father is only a prayer away. Our Comforter dwells within us to supply help in times of trouble. And we can embrace the peace He will bring into our lives, no matter our circumstances.
The disciples went from cowering men to bold proclaimers. They went from deniers and doubters to preachers and witnesses. The realness of Jesus to them cast out any fear or inhibition. And we can be transformed in the same way. All it takes is a firm trust in the one who holds us up, a reliance on Him, and the faith that He is who He says He is. When hardships come and we find ourselves sinking into fear, let’s remember that Jesus is there and offers us His peace and His help to survive whatever may come our way.