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!” John 20:19
The disciples are hopeless. They had grown to love Jesus. He said he was King, but they watched as he was arrested, condemned to death, and then crucified. The disciples had never faced a more desperate moment. Now they meet to comfort one another in their shared loss. To add to the grief they are experiencing over their Lord’s death, they also fear for their own lives. So, they meet in secret. The doors are locked. Voices are hushed. Anxiety and tension have peaked. At that moment, Jesus enters the room that is off-limits to all others. There is no obstacle that can prevent him from appearing. He is God.
I understand the disciples well in this passage. Do you? I know what it is like to be locked away in fear. When life took a series of bad turns in the 90’s, I retreated into a silent world and shut most everyone else out. Not because I wanted to be antisocial but because the pain rendered me speechless. The story was too long to tell, too cobwebbed to articulate, and the ability to interact through everyday chitchat was absent. I became an emotional recluse and felt that I was destined to live a very long time in isolation. I didn’t know how to connect with God either and felt that even that was improbable.
Are you hiding today? Is your heart sealed away in a tomb of disillusionment and fear? Perhaps you’re keeping your entire world on the other side of the door but you fear that even God cannot reach you. He can! In your hidden place, he calls your name and says, “I’m here. Peace be with you.”
Help every desperate one reading this to call out to you and then feel the healing of Your presence. In that secret place, do spiritual surgery on their soul. Amen