Second Sunday of Easter
Jesus Is with You
After revealing himself to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, Jesus sent her to share the glad news of his resurrection with his disciples. We may never understand their state of mind when they received the news from Mary, or whether they even believed her. But later that same Sunday afternoon this little group of disciples were locked in a house, frightened and fearful. Jesus their friend was not with them, and they realized that they were now the targets of his enemies.
These disciples had witnessed the brutal death of their friend, and now they were afraid for their own lives. But in that time of fear and deep despair, Jesus showed up in their midst and offered them his consolation: “Peace be with you.” Then he showed them the wounds in his hands and side. There are times when we may feel just how those disciples felt: Alone.
At times we may feel that Jesus has forgotten about us, especially in times of need, distress, and illness. Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed by the many challenges in our lives, and feel as if the world is closing in on us, and God seems distant from us. In these times we should know that the same God who loves us to the point of sending Jesus to die in our place on Calvary’s cross will never leave us or forsake us, but will always be with us, offering peace and love and consolation.
Jesus’ showing up among his disciples jolted them out of their fear and feelings of being deserted. While they were hiding for their own safety, he reminded them of the fundamental role they had in the world: To proclaim the gospel. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Lloyd Gooden, pastor, Lebanon Moravian Church