Door locked


Part of a Series: Reflections on Holy Week

“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 …” – John 20.19a

As I write it is a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon worthy of any Easter morning.  And yet it is not.  It will soon be Easter Saturday night.  Regardless of the weather of that day nearly 2000 years ago, I doubt very much if the disciples witnessed it.  As John would recount one night later, they were together with the doors locked out of fear.  Fear thay Jesus’ fate might be theirs.  Fear fueled by the fact that their aspirations and dreams, hopes and calling had been shattered when Jesus uttered those words, “It is finished.”

Have you ever endured such a night?  In just a short time your life had taken an unexpected life-altering turn.  Did you ever find yourself staring so deeply into despair that if you could think of any action to take, you knew that you had already lost?

Early in ministry I visited a man in my congregation who was a high steel worker.  He had made a career of climbing to those high, tenuous places to do vitally dangerous work, He had taken great pride and made excellent money from this work.  But he had developed an infection that had permanently robbed him of the equilibrium to ever do this again.

When I naively asked what he was going to do, he stared at his young pastor and said grimly, “I’m going to get a ski mask and a gun.”

In the grimness of their fear the disciples had forgotten his promise. “For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” – Mark 9.31

They needed to remember that he said, “It is finished” not “I am finished.”

When we put our lives into the hands of the Risen Lord nothing will separate us from him.  Easter Saturday night will give way to Easter morning.

© 2019 by Stephen L. Dunn. You have permission to reprint this provided it is unchanged, proper authorship is cited, it is in a publication not for sale, and a link is provided to this site or to http://www.drstevedunn.com. For all other uses, contact Steve at sdunnpastor@gmail.com

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