today’s daily water is written by Doug Markle of Beloved Lord Ministries
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:19-22)
The scriptures testify that Jesus was going to have to die and rise again. Jesus told them it was going to happen. When it happened, they were stunned. Some of them had seen the empty grave and they had all heard Mary’s testimony. Then they were hiding in fear in a locked room. The scripture does not say this, but I imagine they were in fear because they thought the Jews would accuse them of stealing His body. In other words, they had not completely embraced that He had risen from the dead. But I love Jesus’ first interaction with them. He gets past their barriers (locked doors) and is suddenly in their midst. He did not go to some high mountain and require them to come to Him. He met them where they were, hiding in fear. He was not ashamed. He was not upset or disappointed. He just met them and ministered to their need (fear).
No matter where you are in life and no matter what you have done, Jesus is ready to meet you where you are. He is ready to change your life and use you to change the world.
Prayer: Glorious God, thank you for meeting me where I am. I come to you today just as I am and trust you to use me for your glory and your kingdom.