by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Welcome to another day filled with the promise of the presence and interaction of Christ. I sometimes feel as if the hardest part of the Christian life is just remembering that everything in my life is about God! That is renewed today.
Take as much time as it takes to give Him all of your attention. That means imaginary conversations have ceased, problems you are trying to solve have been put down, that you are with Him, undistracted, ready to hear what He has to say. Also, ask His Spirit to open your ears, eyes, and heart to what He has to say.
Sometimes the context of a moment tells us a great deal about the importance of what happens. For example, as we open John 20, we are witnessing the reunion of Jesus with His disciples after the resurrection. The drama of the scene is clear because He comes to them in their hiding spot. They are hiding behind several locked doors because two days before, the Jewish leadership had successfully crucified Jesus, and the mob of the population of Jerusalem was in hearty agreement with this. True, mysteriously His tomb was empty, and several of the women claimed they had seen Him alive. Perhaps that’s why they were still in Jerusalem. But we know their enemies remained, and so they hid. They come struggling too with the fact that all of them had turned away from Jesus in His moment of greatest need. But just when things were good and gloomy, a familiar face walked through the wall.
Read John 20:19-23, three times slowly.
V.19 “Peace” means more than the absence of war, but the presence of all that is good! Jesus wants peace for His followers, including you. How do you feel about that? Tell Him.
Jesus brings peace to His followers. Their peace came with His arrival. What does that tell you about Him? Talk with Him about this.
V.20-21 The peace He could bring came on the other side of the cross and resurrection, even though they didn’t fully understand this. But now, as the Father is pleased with Jesus, so He is pleased with all who believe, including you. What does that tell you about Him? Talk with Him about it.
Jesus isn’t done bringing “peace” to the world. His plan has not changed, though now it will expand. As He had been sending out His disciples as His representatives, He continues to do through His church, including us.
Question: the Father sent Jesus into the world to heal the sick, declare the coming Kingdom of God, and invite people to believe. How much of His life was given to this?
How much of our lives are to be given to this according to v. 21?
We have all been perfectly made and positioned to be the part of His work He intends. This doesn’t mean becoming who we aren’t, but who we are. He reaches the world through His people He deploys.
What does this tell you about Him? Speak with Him about it.
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the good Kingship of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Now go spend your day with the God Who deploys you!