Is anyone out there getting cabin fever yet? While we are still free to get outside or run essential errands and do essential work, things may feel a little confining. As I’m sure you have heard time and again, we are in a time of waiting and uncertainty. I know I get tired of hearing and talking about it. And, as you may well know, we are not the first people to experience such a time as this.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, a group of men and women were fearfully huddled together in home in Jerusalem. These were the first Christians, the disciples and Jesus’ closest followers. Their story is recounted in Luke 24:36-49. They were fearful for their very lives. When Jesus shows up in this passage, they are all the more scared. It took much convincing for them to accept that He is alive.
In that hour, Jesus did not offer immediate relief. Instead, He gave them hope. He reminded them of their identity. They were witnesses to the good news. They watched it unfold before their very eyes. They didn’t know what it all meant, until Jesus explained it to them.
You may find yourself in a similar place. Maybe you are fearful of the pandemic, or the economy, or a personal crisis that evades the headlines. Like the disciples, you may be shocked when Jesus shows up. Take time to look for Him in this waiting, and like the disciples, rejoice in His good news.
Their waiting ended several weeks later, on the day of Pentecost. I encourage you to read about it in Acts. Our story does not end with Easter but grows from there and spreads around the world. Who knows when things will settle down here, but do not forget the joy of Christ that is in you.