Part of the Easter Season series, preached at a Easter Season service
“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews.” We might expect that the disciples would be celebrating by now. Instead, we find them huddled behind locked doors. John says that the doors were locked for fear of the Jews. Since the disciples themselves are Jews, of course, the statement cannot mean that they are afraid of Jews in general. Certainly they are afraid of the Jewish leaders who were behind the plot to kill Jesus. They are likely afraid for their own lives, afraid of their uncertain futures.
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