Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'That evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors, in fear of the Jewish leaders, when suddenly Jesus was standing there among them!' John 20:19

It must have been wonderful to be part of that small fearful group when suddenly Christ appeared amongst them. How amazing it must have been to feel the atmosphere change from fear and secrecy to wonder and joy.

We read:

'how wonderful was their joy as they saw their Lord!' (V20).

We can't even begin to imagine what or how they felt.

We have recently returned home from an excellent Easter Conference. Struthers Church in Greenock, was packed to the gunnels with those praising God for the Resurrection of our Lord. How great was our joy when suddenly He stood amongst us. How near His presence came to us also.

We read another very small, almost obscure verse in the Bible in this same chapter.

'We went on home.' (V10)

Today, many of us are returning to the quiet of our own homes. Easter is over for another year but the effects of it aren't. It's not every day that suddenly Jesus stands amongst us. It's not every day we feel the throbbing, vibrant power of His Resurrection! Although we are returning home to our daily routines and common tasks let us never forget these wonderful moments of His divine presence when we have encountered the living Christ.