The Locked Room

Appearance to the Disciples.* 19On the evening of that first day of the week,j when the doors were locked, where the disciples* were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.* The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.k 21* [Jesus] said to them again,l “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22* And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,m “Receive the holy Spirit.23* n Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

The Coming of the Spirit. 1* When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.a2And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,* and it filled the entire house in which they were.b 3Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,* which parted and came to rest on each one of them.c 4And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues,* as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.d


Even when I think my heart is locked Jesus is able to break into it. Jesus can come into any space – no matter how well we think we have locked ourselves away or if we happened to accidentally, or even intentionally, hide ourselves away from Him. This gives me peace – because Jesus can and will come into any space. He isn’t bound to only come where it is open to enter.


Yes, we need to be open to Him. Yes, we should invite Him in. But if we happen to cower back in fear or forget our identity as God’s son/daughter Jesus will come – the Holy Spirit will come – and rush upon us again. We will not be forgotten. We will be sought and freed from our captive place.


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