"Then the same day at evening being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto (into) you" (John 20:19).
Let's ponder some issues taking place at this time. "Evening" speaks of the day that you are in as coming to a close. Either things are completed or they don't seem as clear as they should if light were shining on the subject. Since the disciples were in fear, which is an emotion reflecting the unknown, we can assume that they were in a state of confusion not understanding the fullness of all that had taken place. A "closed door" speaks of having no hope and full of fear. The "first day" speaks of a new age or a new beginning. "In the midst" refers to in the very center or the heart of the issue. The "Jews" are a type and shadow of religious dominance.
At this time the disciples did not understand the implication of the resurrection of Jesus. They did not know a relationship with God as their Father. Even though they had been a part of performed miracles of healing, and raising the dead before the crucifixion as found in Matt. 10, Mark 6, and Luke 9 and 10, they had not received the Holy Spirit. When they, what did they really receive that was different from what they had before? Why did they fear the religious leaders but not the Roman soldiers? Could there have been something supernatural that the soldiers didn't care about but would have a great impact on religion as they knew it? What they received was the ability to manifest peace (wholeness). Peacemakers are the children of God.
Jesus gave a sermon we call the Beatitudes found in Matthew chapter 5. The order in which he gave the blessings reflects the pattern of a Christian's development to maturity. One blessing builds upon the other.
Beginning with verse 3 in Matt. 5, "blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," is not instruction to have a "mousy" personality that others can walk all over, nor is it a reason to be financially poor. Being poor in spirit are a door opener to hunger for more of the Holy Spirit's presence. To mourn is a door opener for the comfort of the Father's presence. To be meek is an opportunity to inherit the earth; the creations of God.
Each of these three characteristics deal with self identity: poor, mournful, and meek. Each brings a desire to hunger and thirst for the presence of the Holy Spirit and be filled with righteousness. That is why there is a blessing. If your cup is full to overflowing then you now have something to give away and there are no more "pity-parties" for self need. To be filled with the Holy Spirit produces fruit of blessings. When you have the fruit of the Spirit, blessings can be given away to others that are in need. The summation of the fruit found in Galatians 5:22 are all at the mercy seat of God. We can now obtain mercy because there is now mercy to give. Matt. 7:2 tells us that how you judge others is how we will be judged. Being merciful brings forth a pure heart. A pure heart sees God. People with mercy see God everywhere they look. With a pure heart full of mercy you become a peacemaker. A peacemaker is a child of God. Luke 6:36 says, "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." We have now gone through the Beatitudes.
God is calling his children to follow in the path as His firstborn, Jesus, to be able to declare as Jesus did, "He that has seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9.) The Beatitudes end with blessings to the children of God for righteousness' sake. Righteousness comes forth out of the order of Melchizedek, the King of Peace, verses the order of the Law of Moses, religion, which uses the word of God with legalism versus love.
A peacemaker is one that makes peace. Most of the church today is waiting to get peace someday when the Lord returns. We have so much sickness, disease, worry, anxiety, and death in the body of Christ today because the church is not eating from the Tree of Life, but from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jesus hung on that tree and destroyed it, but man's imagination has continued to give place to it. We, as Christians, keep trying to justify its existence by mixing God's word with emotionalism, insecurity, doubt, and not really believing that God meant what He said. We feel we have to see results before believing the truth of God's Word. (Sounds like the attitude of the disciple Thomas whom we often critique).
Peace is made by the Holy Spirit. It is the creative power of the Spirit of God. Adam used his own power of emotionalism and sensuality instead of relying on God's Word. We are not talking about a book called the Bible, but the identity that Adam was created in. Only the Holy Spirit can give the power to create peace in the midst of darkness. When Jesus declared peace to the disciples in John 20 he breathed on them giving them the ability to create peace which is the identity of being a son of God.
Let's shift gears a little and talk about this Melchizedek who was King of Salem (peace) and the priest of the "Most High God." He is a major mystery to most scholars because he has no lineage, and it was not possible in the Old Testament for one to be a king, priest, and prophet (Hebrews 7).
This king appears to Abram before the time when God created a new covenant with Abram. Abram's name changes in Chapter 17. Melchizedek is the king of peace; his kingdom is the kingdom of peace. He is also referred to as the king of righteousness in Hebrews 7:2. When he met Abram in Genesis 14, it was after the slaughter of the kings stated in Hebrews 7:1. Melchizedek brought him bread and wine, and blessed Abram.
How can we apply what is really going on here other than a lesson in history? If Melchizedek was the king, the highest rank possible carrying all power and authority over the kingdom of peace and righteousness, who are these other kings that were slaughtered? They represented anything that opposed God: the kings of fear, selfishness, depression, sickness, hunger, anger, greed, pride, etc., etc.
God instilled an order for life to come forth in all of His creations. It takes a seed to be planted in darkness (womb, soil) first, and then with the right amount of water (word), and Light (Son of God, mind of Christ), there is growth.
Melchizedek brought the soil of peace to Abram with his presence. Then he gave him bread and wine which is the type and shadow of the covenant exchange Jesus gave his disciples with his body and his blood. This meeting that Abram had with Melchizedek in Genesis chapter 14 prepared the soil and planted the seed for the covenant exchange of Abram and God. It also was the soil Abram need in order to see God as declared in Matthew 5 (face to face as the child of God). The King of Peace prepared the way.
Jesus was born as the prince of peace as predicted by Isaiah. A prince is not a king, but one going through training to become a king. A prince has power, but not all power and authority until his training is over and he is crowned king. In Hebrews 6 and 7 we see that Jesus was the prince under the order of Melchizedek. In Matt 5:17 Jesus tells us that he did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them. In order to completely fulfill the kingship of the Mosaic Law, the order of Melchizedek had to be established as the kingdom of peace and righteousness. When Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of Passover; exchanged his body and blood; placed the Word of God (Jesus) in the very depth of hell and the grave; and resurrected from the dead as the Son of Man, he then had all power and all authority as stated in Matthew 28:18. He went from being a prince to King of kings, the King of peace. The cross was the crossover of power. The same king that came to Abram to do away with the whole lineage of the kingdom of darkness came to the world on resurrection morning to save the world and declare peace to the sons of God, the lineage of Adam (Luke 3).
This is the wisdom of the "New Age," the church or body of Christ, established 2000 years ago by the disciples when they received the power of the Holy Spirit. This creativity to be peacemakers and build the Kingdom of God had been established. Jesus finished it all at Calvary. The kingdom of God is in the power of peace.
Prophets today who declare judgment and destruction are not prophets of God working under the power of the Holy Spirit. All "religious prophets" are opposed to the creative power of peace. Instead, they try to blow up the earth with God's Word. Satan tries to encourage this mindset to get rid of the inheritance, the children of God (Matt. 5:5), before they discover their true identity and power. God created the earth by His Word. If He were to destroy the earth as some have prophesied He would be destroying His son Jesus who is the Word (John 1).
Jesus said, "Peace be into you" (John 20). He restored the peacemaking power that man had lost by giving us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to make peace. Our mouths are conditioned to glorify the works of natural man versus declaring the works of God. When sweet and sour come out of our mouths we are incorporating the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. This violates our identity in Christ; a Christ one; a child of God. We must choose whose kingdom will be manifested, for the temple of God is to be a declaration of peace.
How do we make peace? Not by acknowledging the works of the devil, but by holding no man's sins against them.
We must believe by faith that God gave us the capability to forgive sins by the power of His Holy Spirit in us according to John 20:21-23. Keep in mind that Jesus was persecuted for forgiving sins in Luke 5:20-21. Religion will persecute those that are peacemakers, because to establish peace we must know our identity and power as sons of God. Religion says only God can forgive sins and you are not God. Jesus said, "I ascend to my Father, and your Father, my God, and your God." (John 20:17).
When John the Baptist stood in the Jordan River, the crossover, with Jesus he had religion standing on the side. John could have discussed the issue of the Messiah with religion, but instead he chose to hear the Father's voice. The voice declared Jesus as the Son of God, and he saw the Holy Spirit descending and on Him which is the symbol of peace (John 1:32-34).
Jesus said in Luke 7:28, "Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist." John was considered greater than all the many patriarchs of Old Testament because he saw God (Matt.5:8), and because he was a peacemaker (Matt. 5:9).
The kingdom of God will be built by the peacemakers that forgive sins holding no man's sins against them. If Jesus holds no sin against us, we have no right to hold sin against another.
Let there be peace on earth; to think and speak like our Father. Let peace begin in me. I will die to my own natural mind, my opinion, and the opinion of others in order to obey my Father's mind, the mind of Christ, which has the power to make peace on this earth. As they see me let them see you, Father. Amen.