Eight days later His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be to you.”
Eight days went by. The disciples had told Thomas they saw Jesus. But he had yet to see any evidence. His doubt probably deepened with each passing day; it was too good to be true.
Then, without warning, Jesus appeared among them and said, “Peace be to you.” Jesus was more than aware of what they were feeling and experiencing. He knew the emotional whiplash they had felt over the last ten days. He knew they had so many questions they wanted to ask. He knew they might have even been cautious to hold onto the hope of His being alive. He knew they were still trying to figure out what to do next. In the midst of all of that, He offered His peace.
We don’t know how Thomas reacted to Jesus’ entrance. Maybe he just sat there with a stunned look on his face. Maybe he was afraid. All that mattered in that moment, though, was Jesus’ being there in the flesh. Jesus has a way of entering in right in the middle of our doubt and uncertainty. He doesn’t run in to argue with us or prove us wrong. But He does meet us right where we are, bringing peace to our chaos, fear, and doubt, simply with His presence. Jesus possesses the only solution to our doubts. He holds the only means of moving through those seasons. As the body of Christ, we can also offer the peace of Christ to those in our lives who are wrestling with doubt. Before we offer answers and solutions, we should offer the presence and peace of Jesus.
• Where do you need to experience the peace of Christ? Who in your life needs the peace of Christ, and how can you point them to Him?
• Where have you been looking for solutions outside of Christ? What needs to change?
• Spend some time meditating on Jesus’ words: “Peace be to you.” Thank Him for the peace that He alone can bring to the uncertain and unsettled places in your heart and mind.