Devotional – Wednesday, July 15, 2020

After Jesus was laid in the tomb, His followers were in hiding, behind a closed and locked doors. (See John 21:19 on)

They feared they were being sought as followers of Jesus, and their lives were in danger. They were miserable. Their leader was dead, and as far as they could see, the purpose for their lives was snuffed out. Huddling together in darkness and despair, they had no hope for the future.

Suddenly, in spite of locked doors, Jesus was there with them. They had heard from the women at the tomb that Jesus had risen from the dead, but they couldn’t really believe them. They were astounded to see Him and they were deeply ashamed of running away when the soldiers came. They feared His reproaches, but Jesus said, “Shalom.” He breathed (the Spirit) into each one of them, giving them peace to replace their hopelessness. When He left, they unlocked the door and burst forth as apostles to spread the Good News.

Let us take stock of ourselves. Are we hiding, afraid of the dying? Are we in despair? grieving? hopeless? We wonder what will become of us, then suddenly we realize that Jesus is there right beside us. Let us unlock the door of our heart and share the Good News that Jesus is risen and has given us (and everyone in the whole world) eternal life!

Right now, we can’t rush out into a public place, but we can use the telephone and internet to communicate with our friends and neighbors. I dreamed of a former boss a few nights ago and I gave him a call to make sure he was all right. (He was and we had a good long talk.) Who do you know who may be cheered up by hearing from you?

Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him!
Open our ears, Lord, and teach us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.

Offered by the Rev. Dr. Frank Johnson

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