On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Shalom”.
The locked places of our lives are always more about what is going on inside of us than outside us. The disciples locked out hope and love and entered their own hopeless fear. They locked themselves in with fear so deep they could not risk stepping outside. Sorrow and loss kept them in the tomb of their depression and anxiety. Then Jesus came bringing peace, offering peace, offering new life. Life and peace are the gift of Easter. The circumstances of our lives do not change, but hope unlocks the door of our fear. Like the apostles, we are able us to move ahead with courage into renewed discipleship.
Blessed are those who have believed.
Consider what the closed places of your life are? What is it keeps you captive? How can you move out of this?
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others
Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.
God’s dream for us is not simply peace of mind, but peace on earth.
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.
Wiping out the fear isn’t what’s important – facing it is.
It is not our circumstances on the outside which are our real problem. It is the circumstances on the inside of us, the unbelief in our hearts, which is the cause of our problems.
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.
William Sloane Coffin
Love casts out fear.
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.