My Savior was crucified and buried and ROSE on the 3rd Day. This day, many years ago, I imagine there was a hush over His disciples as they waited.
I wonder what kind of faith they had at that horrible time? 3 days is A LONG time when you don’t understand what is happening. When it SEEMS like all your plans are being way-laid. I wonder at what point they chose to believe? Did they struggle the whole 3 days in fear?
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Jn 20:19
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
God is so faithful to show us stuff we never saw before in His Word. I’ve never ONCE thought about how the disciples felt through this. It must have been completely horrifying. We’ve all been shattered at one time or another. Our plans, hopes, dreams completely dashed to a million pieces. What is our response? How long does it take us to recover?
The Disciples were still afraid after Jesus appeared to them. They were still in that room, WITH THE DOORS LOCKED.
When we think of the disciples, do we blush in shame over their lack of faith during that time? Did Jesus seem at all horrified by it? Did He scold them?
I LOVE this part of Jesus, of my God. The GRACE that extends to them, to us, is for more than salvation, it is for life. His grace is for those moments/ days/ weeks/ months that we are locked away in fear. Fear of the future maybe? Or fear of what we know God is calling us to do? Fear of obeying, when we know it will HURT. Fear of taking up our cross and following Him.
I can tell you right now that fear is NOT from God, it is from Satan. He wants to steal and destroy. He LIES to us, and we believe his lies. Ever thought this one: If I do that (whatever God is asking of you) it is gonna hurt so much I will never recover, I CAN’T do it! There are so many lies in here!
First off, when you take up that cross, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. But you have to pick up the thing! I remember making this choice in something that felt like was shattering me in the process, but when I finally said YES, and picked up that cross in obedience, it was LIGHT! the weight of the burden came off my shoulders! I tell you, God CAN be trusted!!!
Not only did He DIE for you, He LIVES with you! His Spirit lives in you and is drawing you to Himself.
So, while you are behind that locked door, remember this: Jesus is still with you, and He is still loving you, and He is still regarding you through eyes of grace and mercy. Embrace Him this season and see how His burden and His yoke will feel!
What is something God is teaching YOU this season?