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John 20:19 (NASB)
 

So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”


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John 20:19 is a Bible verse where Jesus appears to the Disciples and gives them peace. The first part of the verse tells us that Jesus’ disciples were afraid and hiding behind locked doors.

The disciples were caught off guard when Jesus was taken, put on trial and ultimately crucified. Although Jesus had been preparing them for the time when He would be gone, the disciples believed Jesus would overpower the Roman government and destroy it.

When this did not happen, they were taken off guard and became fearful for their own lives.

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Can you image the scene? The disciples were eye witnesses to the miracles Jesus had performed, and they expected Him to perform another miracle: destroy the Romans. But Jesus was arrested and their hope of deliverance from the oppressive Roman rule was crushed. They panicked and did what the weakness of man does. They became overwhelmed and went into hiding.

It’s easy to look at the disciples and say, What is wrong with them? Why did they not have more faith? But we can look at ourselves and see that we often do the same thing when we are faced with trying times.

In 2008 the company that my wife and I both worked for sold. It was the beginning of the Great Recession, and we spent the next 4 years out of work. We went from living a comfortable lifestyle to bankruptcy and on the verge of losing our home.

My wife and I were mature Christians and we both thought our faith was strong. But as time passed, no job offers came and our savings continued to dwindle. It became harder and harder to stay strong and believe that God was going to come through for us.

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I was doing everything I could to keep us in our home, but no matter what I came up with, it failed. The turning point was late one night, when I was up praying. This time, instead of asking for a way out, I prayed this prayer:

Father there is nothing I can do to get us out of this situation. Lord if you want us to lose our home, I am okay with that, it is Yours anyway. I trust You to take care of us no matter what happens.

The fear of loss was keeping me from totally trusting Jesus. I was in continual prayer, but I was praying the wrong thing. I was praying for Jesus to show me what I could do to get out of the situation, instead of just surrendering it ALL to Him and living by faith.

That prayer was a miracle-releasing prayer and things began to change for us. I had released the missing ingredient for a miracle: letting go and giving God total freedom to work in our lives the way He wanted to. Just like the disciples, I had locked myself behind closed doors and was not giving Jesus access to freely work on our behalf.

John 20:19 Peace be with you

The second part of John 20:19 is what we need to focus on when we are going through dyer situations.

Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

The storms of life may be swelling all around us. It may appear to our human eyes that we will surely drown, but Jesus is in our midst.

“Peace be with you.”

We can run, hide, lock Him out, and be afraid. But He can still calm our storms. Right our wrongs. Strengthen our weaknesses.

Let’s look down deep and see if we are hiding, and afraid to let go and give it all to Christ. We must remember that Jesus is in our midst and He freely gives us His peace. Let’s focus on Him and receive the peace He promised. Study the Bible verse of John 20:19, and live in the peace of Jesus Christ.

 

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