Then Jesus showed up ….. at supper
v 19 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!”
Man – were we terrified! We had that sinking feeling that the Jews were going to be after us too. Jesus dead already; and Judas – well that was a nasty case of suicide we think, but maybe THEY made it look like suicide – who knows. Anyway we felt pretty sure we would be next on their ‘find and kill’ list. At least if we stuck together some of us might get away if it came to a fight.
Then there was that funny business about the empty tomb. The women told us they had seen an angel and had heard that Jesus was still alive. But you can’t really believe near-hysterical women can you! After all, we saw Jesus actually die – you can’t survive that kind of treatment and then start walking about as if nothing had happened.
So there we were, huddled together, whispering in case anyone heard us, doors firmly locked to keep out any casual visitors, and all of a sudden – no warning – Jesus was there just looking at us. It made my hair stand on end, I can tell you. No doubting it was him. Even the way he said ‘Peace be with you’ was just like old times – same tone of voice and everything. It took a while for all this to sink in – in fact to tell you the truth, I don’t really understand it even now. All I know is Jesus is alive – YES – he’s back from the dead. Incredible isn’t it!
So death is defeated. I don’t worry about dying any more – do you?