There’s a country song by Ray Boltz that tells of a father with his two sons that were traveling to Jerusalem to make their sacrifice in the temple. With them, they had a lamb. The father gave strict instructions to his sons to, “Watch the lamb.” As they entered Jerusalem, there was a large crowd on the road. Little did the father and his sons know that the crowd was watching Jesus carrying his cross. A centurion grabs the father from the crowd and ordered him to carry Jesus’ cross up Golgotha Hill. The two sons followed their father from a distance. After the crucifixion, the sons ran to their father and said, “Father, we have lost the lamb you told us to watch.” But the father turned, pointed up the hill and said, “Dear children watch the Lamb!”
During Season we celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was Mary Magdalene that returned from the tomb to tell the disciples the Good News that, “she had seen the Lord!” (vs.18) The disciples were band together, frightened and threatened because they feared for their lives because of the Jews. All they knew was that what had proclaimed about the Messiah was stretched out in a tomb, but Mary Magdalene said she saw the Lord.
Scripture teaches, Jesus stands among them and says, “Peace be with you! And he shows them his hands and side.” (vs.19,20) “Peace be with you” are words used as a customary social greeting, but with Jesus, these words meant more. Here the Christ (the Messiah) was offering them a peace, “that surpasses all understanding” that “will guard their heart and mind.” (Phil.4:9) At that moment, they needed peace.
Peace is what God wants for us. He wants us to have a peace in the midst of turmoil, heartache, disappointment, hatred, and everything that comes before us. We have peace, for the Apostle Paul wrote, “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom.8:6)
God’s Holy Spirit is the peace that withstands all earthly turmoil. It is God’s Holy Spirit that brings us to repentance, faith, and into Christ. The Spirit of God makes Christ real to us.
With Christ in us, we can expect the Holy Spirit to make a difference in our lives. We cannot continue in the old self-centered ways. In Christ, no longer are we caught up in the things of the past. We can open the door of heartache and allow the Spirit of God to take away the pain. We can open the door of brokenness and allow the Spirit of God to heal our wounds. We can open the door and allow the Spirit of God to give us the gift of forgiveness and in turn extend that forgiveness to others.
Once the disciples received the Holy Spirit they had boldness, they had hope, they had the assurance that Jesus was with them.
Watch the Lamb! The Lamb of God that washes away the sins of the world. Watch the Lamb! The Lamb that lives among us today. Watch the Lamb! The Lamb that makes us whole. Watch the Lamb! The Lamb that takes all our fears. Watch the Lamb!