Sunday: 28th April, 2019
Reference text: 20:19-31
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Oh! the things we do or think we do to protect ourselves.
The disciples are in today’s text are described as staying behind locked doors. Not that they could find no other place to go because if they really were in danger, fleeing the city sounded like a better option compared to hiding behind locked doors. In fact, if the Jews really wanted to do anything to them, the doors behind which they hid was unlikely to be enough protection.
Some of us have built high castles and fortified walls; while others have ducked behind bolted doors and tightly shut windows. I am not describing the parts of the houses we live, I refer to the structures we put up to protect ourselves both physically and emotionally. We think that behind those fortified walls and fortresses, we are safe; that behind bolted doors and shut windows, we are protected. How wrong we are.
My dear, in spite of those doors, Jesus found His way into the midst of the disciples to say the words ‘Peace be into you’. Very often, the reasons people hide behind walls and doors is out of a fear of what might lie on the other side. Therefore, as long as one remains within those borders, peace has to be sought. However, Jesus scales those blockades to bring in peace.
Sweetheart, when there is peace within our walls, those walls fall apart of their own accord and eventually, we open our hearts to the goodness of God and our doors, to make impact in the world. So, when Jesus scales those walls of yours, let go and let Him have His way because He comes with peace.