After the death of Jesus, all the disciplines were dismayed. Down in the dumps and seemed to have lost all hope. John 21:3: “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.” Let’s look at this scenario, after Jesus had been buried, Peter who was so close to Jesus, who had seen Jesus raise up the dead and heal the sick, he saw Jesus give hope to the hopeless. Peter had gone back to fishing, all hope was gone, once Peter had hope so much that once he suggested that they should fight back when the soldiers huddled around them in pursuit of Jesus. He stood by Jesus. All hope was in him and after Jesus’s death, he just decided to go to his old career,fishing.
John 20:19: “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.” The disciples were in fear, and Jesus appearing to them didn’t even mention the war they had to fight with the Jews, He didn’t mention the turmoil that was around them at all. Already the disciples being in fear of their lives, Jesus didn’t magnify the problem at hand, instead He lovingly told them to be at peace. Before I magnify this point any further, let’s see what Jesus did next.
John 20: 20: “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.” Beautiful isn’t it? He showed them what He did for them. After He told them to be at peace, He focused them to Himself. I can just forsee the hope that started bubbling in their guts. Just imagine the chills and goose bumps that flooded their mortal bodies. This just shows how Jesus wants us to zone in on Him no matter how the frustrations that are raining in our parade can be. Jesus is our source of Peace. Let’s not magnify our troubles rather magnify our vision of Jesus.
Here is one thrilling point I wanted to paint ever so colorfully, John 20:21: “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Jesus repeats the peace gesture and says one more remarkable phrase. He sends them to do what? Tell people what He did? Tell people about Him? His crucifixion? His easy yoke? His perfect Love? The liberty He offers? His ability to restore hope? To turn sorrow into joy? ABSOLUTELY YES.
Matthew just displays it this way 28:18: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” An incredible way of Jesus enforcing undeniable hope and faith in the disciples’s hearts. Jesus in simple terms tells them that He will inject them with this ability and power. This tells me that Jesus wants His essence of Life being known to the world at large. He wants us reaching out to people and telling them about His amazing saving Grace. His love and peace. More than anything, God needs us to be His emblem. Sharing this good news. Matthew 28:19: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” We are His mouth piece, either by writing, by holding crusades, singing, directing movies, residing poems and many more other platforms. Let’s do it.
John 20:29: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Jesus told Thomas after he needed to see Jesus to believe His ressurection. We do not need to see Jesus in flesh for us to be able to tell the nations about Him. Jesus is the word of God made flesh. We have the Bible to be able to tell the world about Him. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to own Bibles, the disciples only learned the old Testament and yet we today have an opportunity to learn and see Jesus revealed in the new Testament. Having the Holy Spirit to reveal to us even more from the scriptures.
Without fear and favor, let’s vagarously deliver this word around the world and reveal Jesus to people and indeed be emblems of the Gospel.