On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. – John 20:19-20
Not too long ago there was a popular song with a refrain that said, “Don’t worry, be happy.” If only that worked! For most of us sinners, we have plenty of things which can cause us worry, plenty of things which drive happiness out of our hearts.
Can you imagine if the disciples on Easter Saturday or even on Easter Sunday had heard the “Don’t worry, be happy” song? How do you think they might have reacted? Probably with some skepticism, at best! “Don’t worry?! Be happy?! With Jesus dead??? For what reason possibly should we be happy?!”
Oh, but how things changed that Easter Sunday evening, as Jesus comes popping into the room! “Peace be with you!” were his gracious words to his scared disciples! And then?
Then he showed them his hands and side. Why? Because Jesus nail-scarred–but RISEN!–hands and sword-pierced–but RISEN–side were the proof that they really had peace, for Jesus had won peace for them on the cross! Jesus’ hands and side were proof positive that God loved them! The risen Jesus with scarred hands and pierced side were proof that death had been defeated, that they had a home in heaven, that Jesus really was their God and Savior who loved them dearly!
What was true for them is just as true for you and me. This isn’t just a “don’t-worry, be-happy, the sun will come out tomorrow” kind of empty reverie. Rather, this is a FACT-BASED, REALITY-DRIVEN peace! Peace between you and your God.
Don’t worry! Eternal joy is yours through the risen Jesus!
Prayer: Focus me on your hands and side, O Savior, that I might have the peace that only you can give. Amen.