Our world is experiencing isolation. The disciples also experienced isolation after the Resurrection, along with confusion, fear, and doubt. Even before the cross, Jesus knew this would happen; and He promised peace, power, and especially His presence. Knowing those moments were coming, Jesus emphasized that they would never be alone. But still, they experienced the isolation, the confusion, the chaos. So once again, He showed up to let them know they were not alone.
* Two disciples met Jesus on the road to Emmaus but did not recognize Him. Their conversation centered on the events of Jesus’ death and possibly the Resurrection. They may have also expressed confusion about the events. So Jesus explained the Scriptures to them and then He broke bread before them, their eyes were opened so they recognized He was indeed alive.
* The disciples hid in the upper room. They were afraid to leave for fear because they thought the leaders may come for them next. Jesus appeared to them, showed them His wounds, spoke peace, and they rejoiced.
* Thomas, who was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them, doubted that Jesus resurrected. Thomas refused to believe them when they told him Jesus was alive. Unless he saw for himself, he would not believe. And when he first saw and touched Jesus—touched the very wounds in His side and the nail prints in His hands and feet, He fell to his knees and worshipped. When Jesus appeared, Thomas believed; and others responded with joy and amazement.
After Jesus ascended into heaven, Scripture says the disciples and others “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication …” (emphasis mine). Notice the word “continued.”
* They kept on being unified.
* They kept on praying.
* They kept on having fellowship.
What is unique about these encounters? Though they experienced confusion, fear, and doubt, they were not alone. Jesus was present. Others were present. And they were actively engaged in continuing the mission of Jesus’ ministry together.
Our Faith Connections Challenge: What are you doing during this period? We can choose to live in confusion, fear, or doubt. We can choose to use our time building unity, praying, and having fellowship. Yes, we may have to be creative virtually to stay connected. Though we may feel alone, we are not. The song by Kari Jobe, “I Am Not Alone,” is a beautiful reminder that He is always with us. Be blessed!
Scripture references: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-20, 24-29; Acts 1:12-14