1. The sound of His voice (John 20:14-16, 18) – “14 When Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus.15 Jesus asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Did you take him away, sir? Tell me where you put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Hebrew language “Rabboni.” (This means “Teacher.”) 18 Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, “I saw the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her.” In our moment of sadness Jesus comes to comfort us as He did to Mary Magdalene. He shows himself to us. He speaks to us with His sweet and gentle voice as He spoke to Mary that day. He calls us by name. He cares about us. Do you believe that? Do you know God is still speaking to you? Do you know the sweet and gentle voice of God? In John 10:3“3 the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” Whenever we go through hardship, we need to hear and pay attention to the gentle sound of Jesus’ voice.
2. The serenity of His presence (John 20:19, 21-23) – “19 When it was evening on the first day of the week, Jesus’ followers were together. The doors were locked, because they were afraid of the elders. Then Jesus came and stood right in the middle of them and said, “Peace be with you.” 21 Then Jesus said again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, I now send you.” 22 After he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven. If you don’t forgive them, they are not forgiven.” When we are surrounded by life’s fierce storms, afraid or frightened by people and problems, the presence of the Lord Jesus is always there with us and for us. We need not to be afraid of anyone or anything. All we need to do is just call on, cling to, and claim God’s faithful promise that is true and trustworthy. There is no darkness God cannot see; no difficulty He cannot deal with; no depth or height He cannot reach; and no problem He cannot solve. In the middle of that, the Lord Jesus wants you to be still. He wants to whisper to you today, “Peace be with you.” You can receive His peace with confidence and a cheerful heart. Once you do that you can say, “It is well with my soul.” We all need the serenity of God’s presence through all of life’s circumstances (John 14:27; 16:33; Isaiah 26:3-4; Philippians 4:6-7)
3. The scars of His hands (John 20:20, 24-29) – “20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. His followers were thrilled when they saw the Lord. 24 Thomas (called Didymus), who was one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other followers kept telling Thomas, “We saw the Lord.” But Thomas said, “I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side.” 26 A week later the followers were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood right in the middle of them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop being an unbeliever and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly blessed.” Do you know why Jesus left his scars? To prove that He is real and that He is alive. He had power over death. The tomb could not stop Him. The stone could not keep Him shut in. The soldiers could not shield Him. He is the living God who once died for us all and now lives forevermore. The hands of God who made heaven and earth, healed all diseases, casted out demons, raised the dead, opened the eyes of the blind, did all kinds of good deeds, and performed all kinds of miracles. The hands of God that were nailed to the cross by the Roman soldiers because of us. Those are the same hands of God that are knocking at the door of your heart. Will you open it for Him? Be saved today!