Scared Stiff

April 11 | John 20:19

“Now on the evening of that day, the first day of the week, and the doors had been shut where the disciples were because of fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and he said to them, “Peace to you.”” (John 20:19)

We have many fears, some justified, most not. I’m afraid of heights, I believe justified because I can’t see very well and have no depth perception. Put me up high in the air and I scream like a girl. Many people live in fear of everything.

But the disciples’ fear was justified. If anybody from the Roman Empire found them, they would be crucified as insurrectionists with Jesus. As much as Peter said he was ready to go to death with Jesus, when the rubber met the road, he wasn’t ready to die.

The whole time since Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples went back to the Upper Room, locked the doors, and tried to figure out what to do with their lives. Either they had forgotten, or not believed, Jesus’ predictions about his resurrection on the third day.

Jesus’ love casts out all fear. What are you afraid of today? Like the disciples, Jesus wants you to not be afraid. We walk in his confidence. The disciples had nothing to fear because Jesus rose from the grave on the third day. But on that Saturday Sabbath, they hid behind locked doors in fear for their lives. Jesus brought peace and comfort to them.

Action Step: Trust in Jesus for his peace and confidence in your fears. Tell your fear Jesus is Lord. Stand in his peace and confidence. Nothing can happen to you as one of God’s children.

Mighty Jesus, King of the storm, give me your peace. I am facing trying times. I need your confidence, to stand against the storm and declare you are my Rock. Bless me with peace today.

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