Fresh Hope – 6th April 2017

If you are the parent of a young child or children, you will especially know the desire to find peace at the end of every day.

From the moment they’re awake, it’s a full on war against your peace. That’s not to say that your children are difficult or naughty, but, to have your whole day totally taken up with their needs, is enough to make you crave the moment they are lovingly tucked back up in bed, marking your survival of yet another day as a parent.

As you clear away the toys and the clutter before collapsing on the sofa, you let out that deep sigh that we all recognise as…’now let me have some peace.’

As we approach this Easter season, let me jump ahead and take you to the first hours after the resurrection.

It’s the Sunday night of the resurrection day, and the disciples have barricaded themselves in a small room for fear of their lives. They had been following Jesus for three years, and now that He’s been crucified, they were afraid that they too may be next in line.

Huddled together and remaining deathly quser, Jesus walks straight through the locked door and simply says…’peace be with you.’ (John 20 v 19 -29)

During this conversation, He repeats the very same phrase three times, giving you no doubt as to what the first result of His resurrection may mean to you – Peace.

Peace is only fully appreciated when you’ve had none for a few hours or in some cases, a lifetime.
The very same sigh that you feel at the end of your day as a parent, the very same sigh that you give off when getting home from a busy day at work, is the very same sigh that the disciples gave off when Jesus visited them that day and brought with Him the gift of peace.

He was saying, ‘calm down guys, everything going to be alright…I’m back!’

That night, the disciples’ fear turned to incredible joy as they saw the Lord.

If you’ve been wondering of late, ‘why it is that you can everything in life and yet still have no lasting peace?’; then look no further…the resurrected Jesus brings peace.

Is that what you would like for yourself this Easter time?

Then you are included by Jesus, no matter who you are.

The Easter message has never lost its power, even though 2000 years old. People by their millions are still finding peace, when they let Jesus walk in on their lives.

No matter how closed up your life may have been up until now, He will immediately walk right in and fill you with peace.

Simply believe on His name and invite in Him.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Pastor Mark

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