In our second week of survey through the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, we see the continuation of the first appearance when Jesus confronts Cleopas and his companion. The story continues when Jesus appears to His disciples for the first time and finds them in fear of their lives and locked in a room to avoid capture by the Jewish leaders. Jesus opens by saying, “Peace to you," a common salutation that Jesus taught His disciples from the beginning of His ministry. However, their response is much like ours. Doubt and unbelief continued to fill their hearts and minds as they still could not grasp the power and impact that the resurrection would have upon them.
Jesus allows them to touch Him and see that He is risen yet still with flesh and bones. This display of compassion and affection by Jesus is to convince His disciples that He is the same Jesus yet has now become the Redeemer as was forecast in the Scriptures. Peace now becomes a reconciliation with God purchased by His death. Peace becomes the supreme remedy for all fears and the legacy that Jesus leaves for His heirs. He ends His conversation in this appearance by telling them that the promise of the Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit, will come to them and will walk with them. A new dimension of life and ministry now comes to the disciples. We too, as disciples of Christ, have come into a new dimension of life and ministry. Jesus has given us a peace that surpasses all understanding, not as the world gives.
Do you walk in the peace that Jesus has given or do you struggle to find peace as the world gives? Our journey today will take us into the realm of doubt, fear and unbelief, that when these struggles in life are unredeemed, will cause misery and despair. Jesus said that the promise of the Father, that is the presence of the Holy Spirit in us, will provide for us an inner peace that through an understanding of the function of the Holy Spirit, will keep us walking in true peace. Jesus said, “Peace I give to you not as the world gives, but as I give unto you, let your heart not be troubled, or afraid, my peace I give to you” (John 14:27).