Skin Deep: Scar Tissue- Thursday
"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. "
There is a scene in “Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade” that makes me smile every time I see it. Indiana is fighting a bad guy on a tank, which barrels over a steep cliff. Indy’s father, his colleague, and his friend lean way over the edge, seeking any hope of his survival when suddenly the tank explodes, erasing all hope. There is a long moment of shock where no one moves. Then his father straightens and looks to his right, where Indiana is standing beside him, looking over the cliff as well! As if to say, “Hey! What are we lookin’ for, fellas?”
The chaos in the believers’ circle was undoubtedly overwhelming, the stress crippling. John’s account describes a group basically hiding out, unsafe anywhere but behind locked doors. Every knock brought fresh fear of discovery, and perhaps, of suffering the same fate as the Master.
Did the disciples speculate that perhaps their Lord was alive? Raised from the dead? Evidence points more to their consistent lack of understanding on that score. So even on the third day, the doors were firmly bolted. Even though they already knew the stone was rolled back and the grave empty, they barricaded themselves in.
We often give poor Thomas a hard time for doubting, but I’m guessing he was in good company. Fear will trample on even the most trusting among us.
And then, whoosh! There He was! I can imagine joy-on-steroids flooding the room on the night Jesus simply appeared among them. Much head-scratching, hand-wringing, and heart-wrenching disappeared in that moment. Grief turned to joy as they heard four words from a familiar voice: “Peace be with you!”
Here was the Resurrected Christ, close enough to touch. Friend, may the Resurrected Christ be close enough to you to touch... today and every day.
- If there’s distance between you and Jesus, here’s a great way to close the gap: Talk to Him.