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From the Heart: Behind Closed Doors

February 15, 2019 by  
Filed under Articles, Devotional, From the Heart

 

Read John 20:19-23

v.19 – On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Imagine the conflicting emotions the disciples must have had on resurrection day before Jesus appeared to them. Their Lord, their leader, their expected king was presumed dead. They were afraid of the Jews, expecting that they too would be taken into custody and meet the same fate as Jesus had just gone through. So when they met, it was in secret, behind locked doors.

Yet a stirring of hope had begun in their hearts, for they had heard that the tomb was empty. Then through the locked door came Jesus and stood before them. His first words were, “Peace be with you.” Wow, He wasn’t mad at them for deserting him although He had every right to be. He had forgiven them and still loved them. And had come to let them know.

Now Thomas wasn’t with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him they had seen the Lord. But he said to them, “Unless I see the marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were again locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said again, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Then Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!”

Some of us might have spiritual or emotional “locked doors” in our lives. It may be some grudge we’ve been holding for a long time. It may be some offense or some deep hurt we’ve been carrying inside for many years. It could be an ugly and terrible childhood memory that disrupts our relationships with others. It might even be an angry feeling we’ve harbored toward God because of something that happened to us many years ago.

These locked doors shut us up in our own little world of fear. They keep us from growing toward spiritual maturity and experiencing full happiness. But those locked doors did not stop the Lord when He lived here on earth, and they do not stop Him now. If you feel a stirring in your heart, that glimmer of hope comes from the Spirit of God. Encourage it. Don’t be afraid of it. Talk to Jesus. Pour out your heart to Him and tell Him what you are feeling. God is on your side and His prayer line is always available. Then search the scriptures. In them you can find joy and happiness, and as the apostle Paul said, “A peace that passes all understanding.”

PRAYER:

Holy Father, all-wise God, the giver and sustainer of all life, I come to you now with joy in my heart knowing that You loved us enough that You would give your Son Jesus, upon that cruel cross at Calvary that we could be forgiven of our sins. Holy Father, it breaks my heart to think that Jesus had to suffer such pain and agony so I could be made clean again but I know without his sacrifice all of us would be lost eternally. Help us Father to show our gratitude by the way we live our lives. Then some day we can come into your presence, in that heavenly home that Jesus has gone to prepare for us.

In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

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