Did you deny the Lord? He is waiting for you…

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Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.

Reading:  9 While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  (Luke 24:36)

Observation:  In order for them to be about the work that he was sending them to do, the disciples needed to know that no matter what had taken place in the past, had to be left there.  The “Peace” that Jesus is talking about here is not the sense of peace that we know.  It is not meant to be the absence of war, rather the meaning that we get from the Aramaic is that he was saying that they should feel safe, complete and well.  I can imagine that Peter was feeling a little ashamed of his denial, and the other disciples were in fear of what the Jewish leaders had planned for them.  Jesus’ words are meant to bring wholeness to the church, even today.

Personification: Peace  I would hope that I can hear the words of Jesus today and relate them to my relationship with Him as well.  He knew that we were sinners, when he chose to die for us.  Still he chose to die for us anyway.  Therefore, I would think that he would want us to hear the word “Shalom” in our lives too.  He knows that we need to feel safe, complete and well to continue to deliver the good news, and he would not wish to see us fail. 

Prayer:  Lord, let me always stay aware of the call that you gave me.  Please help me to live out my life with a repentant heart, for everything that I have done that does not glorify you.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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