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.  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.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

John 20:19-21

After the crucifixion, the disciples were a little nervous.  It seemed that their Lord had been killed and that the Jews or the Roman government would soon be coming after them.  They were assembled, but they were assembled “for fear of the Jews.”  It was during this time of fear and nervousness and gnawing doubt that Jesus appeared to them, saying “Peace be unto you.”  He said this twice.  “Peace be unto you.”

When they were fearful and afraid, Jesus appeared to them and comforted them.  He stood in the midst of them and brought them comfort.

It is the same with us.  When we find ourselves nervous and afraid, it is then that Jesus shows Himself to us, bringing peace to our troubled hearts.  It is in the darkest times of our lives that Jesus shows Himself most real to us.  Just when we need Him most, that is when He comes.

Jesus loved the disciples and He loves us.  He brought peace and comfort to them when they were most afraid and He brings peace and comfort to us when we are most afraid.  “Peace be unto you.”  We need to thank the Lord today for all of the times He showed Himself strong to us and soothed our troubled souls.  He brings us peace, when we need it most, every time.

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