God's Secret Weapon
Articles - Christian Growth
by Robert Hotchkin
Wrestling With Transition
We are in the midst of a massive transition in the spirit. God is bringing us into everything He has been speaking to the Body about for the past several years. We are entering an incredible time of Global Harvest that will be marked by notable miracles, signs and wonders through every Believer willing to step out in faith. We are on the cusp of the greatest move of God the world has ever seen. It is an incredibly exciting time to be a Believer, but it can also be a challenging one.
Throughout Church history we have wrestled with transition times. But God has always seen us through the challenges and accelerated us into His promises. And He always will. In this amazing hour, the Lord has a secret weapon that will help us overcome confusion, hesitation, intimidation and doubt; it will also accelerate us into the fullness of all He has for us. This secret weapon is the same thing He brought to the disciples that broke them out of their limitations and launched them out as world-changers.
In John 20 the original disciples were going through a transition time, and they were not handling it well. Despite the fact that everything was exactly following all that Jesus told them would occur (Matthew 16:21), they were confused and afraid. As a matter of fact in John 20:19a, we find them literally locked up in fear, behind bolted doors; they were scared of what might befall them now that Jesus had been arrested, tried, found guilty, and sent to die on the Cross.
In the big picture, everything was going according to plan. The disciples were being brought into everything Jesus had been talking with them about and mentoring them in for the past three years. But it didn't look and feel that way to them; so instead of praising, praying and preparing for the coming move of God they were about to be a glorious part of, the disciples were freaking out...
...Enter Jesus, the Risen Lord.
"Peace Be With You"
In John 20:19b, Jesus steps past the disciples' walls and says to them, "Peace be with you." He then shows them the wounds in His hands and His side. At this, the disciples go from being locked up in fear to being filled with joy. They go from being afraid of what might happen to them to being empowered to explode out into the world to do the works that Jesus did. Awesome!
What is key here is what that word "peace" means when Jesus said, "Peace be with you." In the Greek it is "eirene" (i-ray-nay) and it doesn't just mean "relax" or "chill out." It means "the blessed state of a devout and upright man after death."
In other words, the Risen Lord moves past the limitations the disciples have placed upon themselves in their fear and confusion, and offers them something way beyond a moment of peace. He offers them the empowerment to die to themselves, get past their concerns for "me," and step into a life of impact on the earth on behalf of the Kingdom. And He does it all by showing them His wounds; by putting on display the tangible reality of all He has done for them.
See, when we remember the Cross... When we remember the fullness of all Jesus has done for us, and why He has done it... When we remember how completely, utterly, totally, certainly and securely we are loved, cared for and looked after by Him... In that moment we are able to stop worrying about ourselves, trust in Him completely to look after us, and go out into the world in the fullness of what the Cross has made available to us.
Now here is where it gets really exciting. That very same "eirene" that Jesus offered the disciples in John 20:19 is available to you and I today. The "eirene" of God – that peace of knowing we are loved and looked after so totally and completely so that we can let go of our fears and doubts and step out into the impossible – is His secret weapon for each of us to break out of whatever has limited us in the past, and break through into impacting the world around us in notable and remarkable ways that we have barely even imagined. All we have to do is ask the Lord for His peace to be in our midst.