Finding peace in an extended crisis… is that even possible? Today we find ourselves in unprecedented times; stuck behind closed doors. How are you coping with the extended timelines? Does fear overwhelm you? Do you look for things to occupy your time? Do you turn to humor and try to laugh it all away? We all have a default coping mechanism we use, but there usually comes a breaking point. Today, in the last message of our Get Behind Me series – “Behind Closed Doors, Going Beyond Social Distancing” – we’ll look at the disciples in the midst of crisis.
Follow along with Pastor Matt here:
“That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Fear – Fear placed the disciples behind closed doors, instead of behind Jesus.
Suddenly – Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! This is a promise of God. Wherever you have locked yourself up, or barricaded your self in; Jesus is there with you.
Peace be with you and evidence – “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side.
Revelation – They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Until they were filled with joy they were filled with fear.
Peace be with you – He repeats himself. Jesus repeats himself again because for whatever reason the disciples didn’t catch it the first time…
Sent – Jesus is calling us to give what we got. The peace and revelation we have needs to be shared.
Empowerment – Receive the Holy Spirit. We have gotten so that we can give.
peace, empowerment, revelation…
This series is entitled Get Behind Me. Are you behind Jesus following after Him or locked up in fear behind closed doors? In this moment of social isolation, if you do not have peace, and joy and empowerment; I challenge you to reach out for prayer right now through our contact form here: lighthouse805.com