Then Jesus Came
When the doors were shut…came Jesus…Came Jesus, the doors being shut.
John 20:19, 26.
Are you living behind closed doors bolted against some nameless dread or fear? Is it fear of man, fear of tomorrow, or some other hobgoblin that peers in the window of your soul? The Lord is with you. Not visibly as in this blessed account, but remember that He told Thomas on this same day. “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” You can count on Him, for He promised to be with us all the days – all kinds of days.
No prison bars, no dungeon gates, no walls of blindness, deafness, no Patmos isles of loneliness can keep Him out. The doors being shut…comes Jesus! “He saw them toiling in rowing…and…he cometh unto them.” Our very distress is the reason for His approach! The very fact that the doors are shut challenges Him to enter!
There is only one door He will not enter – your unyielded heart. But open that door and He will come in. All other closed doors are to Him an invitation, not a barrier.
“Came Jesus…the doors being shut.”
Now Where or Now Here
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
Emmanuel…God with us.
He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
An atheist had a sign on the wall of his office that read, “God Is Nowhere.” A little girl saw it and exclaimed, “Look! It says, ‘God Is Now Here!’”
Today godless and lawless millions deny God’s very existence. But there are still many who have not bowed to this Baal, who know that the Word became flesh and that in the Holy Spirit God is not only with us but in us.
The struggle is between the “Nowheres” and the “Now Heres.” “is the Lord among us, or not?” (Ex. 17:7) – that is the issue. The fool hath said in his heart, “There isnot God,” because God is not in his heart. The Christian says there is a God, because God is in his heart. He means more than merely that God is or that God is somewhere. He says God is now here, because God is a present, living reality.
You ask me how I know He lives,
He lives within my heart!
These are they who know that the tabernacle of the Lord is with men because He lives in us, the temples of His Holy Spirit.