Glad Hearts

Sunday’s Scripture –April 19, 2020

Psalm 16:5-11, John 20:19-31

Reflection

In the latter part of John 20, we are told what the disciples were up to before Jesus appeared to them post resurrection.

Basically, they were afraid and so they locked themselves inside.

Sound familiar? We know a thing or two about staying inside because we fear what is outside.

This Easter has been a bit different, hasn’t it? Maybe it’s harder than usual to fully celebrate Christ’s resurrection and to experience peace, joy, and a glad heart as a result.

If this is you, fear not. Let the comfort of verse 19 wash over you for a minute: “But Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’”

It’s into both of these situations– the disciples, then, and ours now– that Jesus comes to us. Even if we’re hiding inside. Even if the doors are locked.

Like all of God’s grace, though, we must choose to receive it. Listen to what the Psalmist says in Psalm 16:

“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup.”

We may not always be able to choose what threatens us, but we can always choose what will be our portion, what will fill us up, what we will partake of. Or rather Who. We can allow the worry and the anxiety and the fear to fill us, or we can be filled with the Holy Spirit as Christ breathes his new and forever life on us.

No, we’ve not been given control over our circumstances. But, we have been given self-control.

Later on in Psalm 16, we are reminded that “in Your presence there is fullness of joy.” It’s the presence of God that gives us glad hearts, peace like a river, and joy like a fountain.

Jesus comes to us, fears within and threats without, in our very own homes today. Let’s receive him with glad hearts.

Questions

  • How are you feeling this Easter? Are you finding it easy or difficult to have a glad heart? Why?
  • What have you been choosing as your portion lately? How can you choose to let Christ fill you up today?
  • Reflect on the truth that “in Your presence there is fullness of joy.” How can you experience Christ’s presence right where you are today?

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