Today’s devotion is based on John 20:26,” Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
Wouldn’t it be helpful if Jesus would appear while sitting in the ICU waiting room to assure us that dad is in good hands? Wouldn’t it be great if Jesus was there at our side in our lonely, quiet moments, when all others have left us or forgotten about us? Wouldn’t it be beneficial if Jesus was there for us when we’re at our lowest? You know, those times when we start recalling all our mistakes and the internal guilt is tearing us apart.
We might sometimes think the original disciples had it so easy; Jesus was right there, standing in the same room. But keep in mind, in just a matter of weeks, Jesus would ascend into heaven, and his disciples would no longer have his physical, visible presence to assure them. They would have to rely upon his promises. And those promises are just as comforting and dependable for us today as they were for the disciples then.
So, while Jesus may not put a hand on our shoulders, he has put his Word in print, and he puts that printed Word, the Bible, into our hands. There in the Bible, he promises peace—the peace of sins forgiven, the peace only the living Lord Jesus can give.
Please pray with me, Lord Jesus, when I feel weak or alone, remind me that you are near. When I am pressed by a guilty conscience, remind me that you have already paid for my sins. When I hurt, remind me of your love. Help me to share that same love with others. Amen.