Friday, May 16, 2014

21 Days In John - Day 20: Sent Out With Peace


Please Read John chapter 20

Key Verse:

“So Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” John 20:21 [NKJV]

The tomb is empty and Jesus has risen from the dead as the Scripture had said [verse 9]. Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene. Then He came to the upper room where the doors were shut because the disciples were afraid of the Jews.

Twice Jesus spoke peace to the disciples. The first time He spoke to their fears and then showed them His hands and side. Then Jesus spoke peace to them again, but this time He is commissioning them and so it is peace to their future. Peace at this moment and peace about the future is the wonderful promise of Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace. Would you allow Him at this moment to speak peace into your circumstances and your future?

Then Jesus tells the disciples that He is sending them to a needy world, in the same way that the Father sent Him. How did the Father send Jesus? To lay down His life for those He came to save; to live a life of obedience and communion with the Father; to identify with those He came to save; to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit; to do spiritual battle against a wicked enemy and to take back his captives and set them free. This is the life that Jesus has called us to as His disciples! 


Questions:

Can you think of a difficult time in your life when you experienced God’s supernatural peace? Remember how that peace came and remember also that Jesus has promised that peace at every stage of your life [see Philippians 4:7].


Was the commission of Jesus to be sent out to a needy world in the same way that His Father sent Him just for those in the upper room or is also for us today? If it is for us today, then what does mean in practice for you personally?

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