Knowing about God or knowing about the concept of God has never been the problem.
God sent Jesus into the world to deliver it from the power of sin and death.
God has scattered the seed of that word very liberally, without seeming intention where it would land. The Word of God is like that. It has been broadcast far and wide. The Word of God has not and is not kept a secret. It is not some arcane knowledge belonging to a privileged few who own the knowledge and know-how to access it. It is a Word for everyone.
The story teaches that God’s promise can be trusted even when God was directing him to destroy the one through whom the promise would be realized.
We shouldn’t settle for anything less than the peace of God in the Kingdom of God, which comes to us through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour.
The big question for us today is: Where and how is the Spirit working today, how is this calling gathering and enlightening working out for us today? What are the mysterious and surprising ways the Holy Spirit is doing its work?
Jesus is the way. And just as those first disciples were called to trust that news in the face of their fears and anxieties, so are we.
The gospel says that Jesus Christ, the Good Shephard is moving us through that valley to the promised land. But we must listen to his voice, a voice who tells us who God is, who tells us who we are, who tells us where we are going, the voice which gives us freedom, the voice of liberation—the voice that wills we have life and we have life abundantly.
But Christ came to them. Christ still comes to us, Christ moves through walls to us and he does so with a word that defies the circumstances—Peace be with you.