Evan Palmer has been a member of Resurrection since 2002. Evan graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in International Relations and worships at Resurrection’s Downtown campus.
Do you ever feel like hiding behind locked doors out of fear of facing ‘the world’? Fear can alter the way we react to situations and, at times, paralyze us to no action at all. After Jesus’ crucifixion, I think the disciples were experiencing almost every negative emotion, but especially those highlighted in this passage: fear and lack of purpose or direction. I often feel this way when I do not have God at the forefront of my being. When we turn to our own abilities, we become self-centered, and are left with a desire to serve ourselves. I am thankful Jesus chose to offer His peace, purpose, and power to His disciples in a moment of fear, isolation, and despair. I am thankful these same gifts are offered to us—His disciples—on a daily, momentary basis.
This past week at Bible Study, one of our leaders told us a story that conveys Jesus’ pursuit of mankind in a colloquial, tangible way. She was babysitting a couple of her nephew’s kids, waiting for the other two to come home from school. The bus dropped them off up the hill from her nephew’s home. Once Kim saw the girls, she called their names and began running towards them. As soon as the girls saw her, they began doing the same; running faster and faster the closer they got. Tears filled Kim’s eyes as she began to tell us of the joy in the moment they embraced. “What a great picture,” she said, “of the Lord’s pursuit of us.” Are you pursuing God the way He pursues you? Is it a constant chase, or only when it’s convenient for you?
Jesus came back to the disciples after his crucifixion to offer peace and encourage them in their purpose. As human beings, we need to be constantly reminded of these truths in order to keep our direction. To remember our purpose, we seek after the One who defined it. We no longer have to be paralyzed by our fear or selfish ambitions. We are empowered to serve, offer hope, and breathe new life into others the way our Savior has and does for us each day.
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