John 20:19-20, On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
The week of Jesus’ passion were horrible days for the disciples. Jesus was arrested on Thursday evening. Friday morning, He was sentenced to death; before noon, He was crucified; and before sundown, He laid in His tomb. For three days the disciples grieved the death of their Saviour.
Perhaps they thought Jesus was a fraud. After all, they did not understand Jesus’ warning of His death (Luke 18:31-34). They were also afraid of the wrath of the Jews. The Jews had just succeeded in delivering Jesus to His death with the charge of blasphemy. Perhaps they were seeking to do the same with His followers.
Yet here was Jesus. The door was locked, and Jesus managed to come inside anyway. He was alive! And with His appearance He brought peace, showing them where He was pierced. The disciples knew this was the same Jesus who was delivered into evil hands, crucified, died, and was buried. Now, Christ is risen! Alleluia!
What does this mean for us today? Christ is still risen. Christ still comes to you and me with peace. He extends His hands toward you—holes and calluses upon them—and offers you His peace. This is what occurs when we are baptised, and when we approach the Lord’s Table with His invitation to receive His body and blood for the forgiveness of all our sins. Thus, if you wish to take Christ’s hands as no doubt the disciples did here, grab hold of His body in the bread, and eat; and grab hold of His blood in the wine, and drink.