Behind Locked Doors

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“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

                                                                                   John 20:19

There are no walls thick enough

to block the entry of the Risen Christ

into a human heart;

no locks strong enough to resist God’s love.

Jesus entered the

safe room the disciples had

created at the center of their fears.

Jesus is no apparition

who pops in for a visit

to wish the disciples well.

His is a spiritual body and a transformed body,

not purely spiritual or physical,

but a unique personal identity.

The resurrected Christ who passes through locked doors

is the same one who shows the disciples his hands and his side.

Jesus comes into our locked rooms,

not just to visit,

but bearing gifts to heal a hurting, hostile world.

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