Unremitting Joy – 19

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

For the next three days this one verse is the focus.

Emotions must have been on a roller coaster ride ever since Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but one in particular had been their companion, fear.

Fear

Fear of what was going to happen to Jesus, fear of the Romans, fear of the Sanhedrin, fear of crowds, fear of the future, fear of death and torture, fear of being identified, fear of being next, fear was all around and from all quarters.  The biggest fear is always the fear of the unknown, what will happen next, minds race, imaginations construct the worse possible scenario.  Was this news, if it was true, good or bad?  Do we make our fear bigger, add to it unnecessarily, do we let it take over, take control and drive us into yet more fear?

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