“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, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Touch Me and see!’”
(Jn 20; Lk 24)
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
As I write in this time of great uncertainty, I felt God draw me to the words of comfort from scriptures, and I wanted to remind you of them now. The Gospels describing the Easter event testify to the fear of the disciples and, on the other hand, to the joyful reality of Christ’s triumphant resurrection.
For over three months, the spirit of coronavirus has been haunting Europe and the world. Individuals and entire nations have completely opened up to this spirit of manipulation and sometimes to fake news from social media.
This Easter joy is confirmed by the reality of Christ’s physical resurrection! He has proven that He is the Son of God and that His Word which He has given us is the unchangeable and eternal truth! He is truly your Resurrection and your Life!
When we are in the midst of the storm and gripped with fear…we can only shout in faith:
“Master, the tempest is raging Oh, The billows are tossing high The sky is o’er shadowed with blackness Oh, No shelter or help is nigh Carest thou not that we perish?…”
His words are directed to you who have received Jesus: “Peace be with you! Do not be afraid, it is I Myself! I am with you always, all the days of your life!” (Matthew 28) And this refers to you personally.
Peace be with you! Hallelujah!
Your Friend & Minister,
Revd. Adam Nyawo