For Fear

After the resurrection happens, something very unexpected, and sort of shocking, when you think about it, happened.  At Easter, the stone was rolled away, life triumphed over death, evil was defeated, good has won.

All is great.  That’s what happened on Easter morning.

Yet, look at what happens later that same day.  It says in John 20: 19-21:

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

locked_doorThe disciples had just witnessed the miracle of resurrection. All of them had heard that He was alive.  They knew the tomb was empty.  They heard that truth and good had won. They knew it. But, they were still afraid.

They were afraid of the ones that had crucified Jesus.

They were afraid that they were coming for them now.

They were afraid of what could happen.

There were just scared.

So, they went up to the room. And they locked the door. For fear.  They locked the door, they shut themselves off, they locked away the world.  Out of fear.  And what does Jesus do?  He shows up, through the locked door and says – peace.

Today, you may have things that you are really afraid of. Things that are killing you spiritually/emotionally/physically.  You may be really afraid.  It’s ok.  We’ve all felt that way; we’ve all been there. And what we want to do when we are afraid is lock the doors.  Shut people off, shut people out. For fear.

We want to lock the doors of our heart.

Don’t do it.  Hear the words of Jesus – peace.  He has this.  It’s ok.  He’s alive.  He has overcome.  You don’t have to be afraid.  You don’t.  Trust.  Love.  Laugh.  Live.  You don’t have to be afraid anymore.  You don’t have to lock the doors of your heart anymore.  You don’t.

Life overcomes fear.  You can trust.  You can. Today, and each day.

Don’t lock the door of your heart.  Don’t give into fear.

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