And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
Think of all that the disciples had just gone through and all that they had lost, the range of emotions they must have been feeling, what kinds of thoughts might have been going through their minds. They’d experienced the panic of Jesus’ arrest, the injustice of His trial, the horror of His crucifixion. They felt the loss of their teacher, friend, and guide being taken from them. Now they feared the Jews and what might happen to them. But all of that vanishes with one glimpse of the Savior.
When we recognize Jesus, it casts away our fear. No matter what we’re facing, no matter what we’ve lost, if we can just catch sight of our Savior, He shall make us glad. In the midst of any panic, despite any trial, in the depths of any loss, Jesus is there. When the fear and confusion set in, He will come alongside us. No matter what we may be mourning, what hopes have been shattered, or what threatens to overwhelm us, there is one who will always be by our side.
Jesus is unmistakable. There is none who can compare to Him in beauty or grace, in strength or love. He bears those marks as precious mementos of His finished work accomplished for us. And every time we glance His way and spot those wounds, see the evidence, we can’t help but think of our sin that put them there and the fact that He is our Savior, our Redeemer. We were once so far from God that we could feel the distance deep in our souls. But now He is right here, so close, and He beckons to us with those scarred hands to come closer still.
When we find ourselves in the midst of those kinds of moments, those low points, those struggles, do we look for Jesus there? Do we recognize Him when He comes near to us and offers reassurance, comfort and strength? We can have hope and peace just knowing He is alive. He had to go to the grave, but He came back, and He’ll never leave us again. Anytime we’re hiding with our walls up and our doors closed, let’s turn to Jesus. Let’s behold Him there and be glad that no matter what else we may lose, we will always have Him.