Thoughts on John 20
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.” John 20:19
In this verse God’s church finds words of the greatest assurance, comfort and hope. What greater assurance is there than the Risen Christ stands in the midst of his people and has promised to never leave them? In the darkest of times the spiritual truth that Christ stands with those who believe in him breathes new hope into a fearful and despairing people. The risen Jesus could have spoken many things to the disciples that had fled from him but he speaks not rebuke, not correction but peace and more than once. Matthew Henry comments “His speaking peace makes peace” and so it does. Christ’s words of peace are his declaration that “all is well” – sin has been atoned for, evil conquered, death defeated & the enemies of God reconciled. The mission of the church is grounded in this good news of Christ’s victory that he came to speak to his followers on Resurrection eve.