And we were born for this
Broken but singing,
33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon." 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
36While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
Your presence is needed to this day Lord Jesus when your people gather. Met us Lord Jesus when we come together in your name. The first words that you spoke to the eleven were words of peace. They really needed to hear those words of peace and greeting. There were men who should have stood their ground but ran and hid instead. There was Peter still sitting in his denial.
We still need to hear those words of peace and greeting Lord Jesus, your people become fearful so quickly and loss sight of what you are calling them to.
37They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
Lord Jesus when you work in your people it can create fear. They were afraid as they looked at you for the first time. This was not what they expected and their minds could not rap around the simple fact that you were alive. Some of them saw you die. Some of them were certain that this must be a ghost or a trick of their grief and loss.
40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate it in their presence.
It was as if You were taking them step by step through a verification that you were alive. Showing Your hands and feet proof that You were not an imposture. You had experienced the worst that Satan could do and You stood before them. You are the Victor over sin, death and hell.
Lord Jesus work in my life today to lead and to guide me in your ways. Help me to see your victory realized anew in this day.