Reflective Bible Study
Focus Passage: Luke 24:35-43 (GNT)In today’s journal entry, we will be looking at one of the few passages in the gospels that happened after Jesus resurrection and before He ascended into Heaven. During this time, rumors of Jesus appearing to individuals was running wild, and in this passage, the first time Jesus appears to all of His disciples, we find one big theme that stood out to me.
The disciples had just heard of another report of Jesus appearing, and then suddenly, without any warning, He appears to the disciples. The disciples are terrified, and they think that Jesus is a ghost, while Jesus’ first words are, “Peace be with you.”
Jesus wants to bring peace, but the disciples experience fear.
I cannot blame them. If Jesus were to appear behind me right now as I write this, I would be filled with fear too, but I must remember that Jesus doesn’t bring fear. Instead, He brings peace, hope, and love.
This leads me to the big thought for this passage: Jesus wants to bring peace into our lives, but He cannot do that while we are scared of Him. The disciples had to overcome their fear before they would thoroughly be convinced that He had risen from the dead – and before they could receive the peace, hope, and love that Jesus brings.
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