”On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ’Peace be with you!’” – John 20:19
In my mind’s eye, I can see them there after the most publicized trial in all of history, Jesus of Nazareth their teacher, their leader, their friend was gone. He was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to death. They were there for most of the trial and all of the sentencing. They watched in horror as the most powerful man they had ever known was dying – for them. They knew it but, they didn’t understand it. He never came down. He hardly said anything. Then, just as they started to hope and pray harder, he died.
Ever been there, when you know that God has made you a promise, and you believed with all of your heart that He would bring it to pass? Ever watched your dream, you marriage, your friendship, your loved one die and think to yourself, “but, I didn’t think that it would be like this…why?” You see, the best of us have been here; dumbfounded at the choice of God. Oh, it was indeed a choice, for no man could ever take Jesus’ life, He laid it down. He chose to leave. But why? Why was this the choice, and why would you build up all of our hopes to have us feel let down? Rest your heart, for there is an answer…
My spiritual father once said “God is always looking for the greatest result, to affect the most amount of people, for the longest amount of time.” Should Jesus have exercised His dunamis authority and came off the cross, there would have been effect…He would have helped His friends, led those at the cross to God, and saved Himself. It would have been a bit of a buzz for a while, as with Lazarus, and then it would have died down. But because He died; because He gave up the ghost and people saw Him leave, he is still spoken of to this very day. 1 Cor. 1:27 says that God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise…so that no flesh will glory in His presence…” God knows English very well. He never leaves your life’s sentence on a comma or a semicolon. The greatness of this particular passage is that Jesus enters the room and declares peace. God knows how to enter your mourning and interrupt your sorrow with joy. Know that whatever our state is in this Resurrection Season, Jesus got up to interrupt your sorrow! Your Calvary was a false finish line: this is not the end! Peace is in the room!
Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.