John 20:26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”
There is a painting of which many churches had copies when I was growing up. It was supposed to illustrate the verse from Revelation 3:20 which reads, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Jesus is at the door to a house and there is no door handle or knob on his side of the door. He is waiting for you to open the door. I am thankful that is only one image of the way God deals with us. Another is the verse above where Jesus goes right through our locked doors to show himself to us. The disciples were confused and scared and had themselves locked away in their attempt at security. They aren’t looking for Jesus at this point. But Jesus, without any particular rhyme or reason travels through the locked doors to confront them, even the infamous doubting Thomas. There may be ways Jesus is standing at your door and knocking. There may also be ways that he is just bursting in through your locked doors. Which is it for you this week?