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Who Died? Who Opened the Door? April 3, 2015

Who died? And who opened the door? A personal response to these questions affects the foundational beliefs of a person’s faith. You’ve heard Christians say that Jesus died and was buried in a cave with a huge rock closing the entrance.

Look again at the women and guards standing at the door to the tomb.

Pontus Pilate had ordered Jesus’ cave-tomb to be closed and guarded. After three days, there was a violent earthquake and an angel of the Lord
appeared and said to the guards and the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.”

He is Risen Indeed. Jesus had appeared to the disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” And, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet.”

At Easter, we celebrate the Resurrection, the power of redemption! Jesus has opened the door to light and life through his sacrifice.

The phrase, “behind closed doors,” has become synonymous in English with things being done in secret – generally of an unsavory or nefarious sort. Institutions speak of an “open door policy,” and promise “transparency” to those from the outside. Closed doors have a sense of secrecy about them. Sometimes the secrecy hides the darkness of evil.  The stories of Christ’s resurrection are filled with closed doors. It is a common phrase in the resurrection narratives: “the doors being shut for fear of the Jews.” The disciples had lost their leader and teacher and they feared that they themselves would become victims. That fear led them to flee. It led St. Peter to deny that he even knew Christ. It led them all to hide behind closed doors.

Our own lives are filled with closed doors – places from which we have been evicted – places into which we may not enter – places that represent secrets, broken relationships, even memories of abuse. Some doors are closed for a while. Some doors are closed for our safety. Most people have a profound sense that there are some places where they do NOT belong. True enough.

In our counseling rooms, many people are seeking to know where they can find a sense of belonging, a feeling of being safe. The doorways to some hearts are slammed and locked from the other side.  Yet, the author of faith breaks down the barriers to allow entry to the Light of Life.

Because of His sacrifice at the cross, we can approach the throne of grace.  It is amazing. GOD is inviting us to pray and call him, “Our Father, Daddy.”

Many Samaritans are inspired by the Bible verse, Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB): “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Thus Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20).

We live in a world of locked and closed doors. Only a loving and resurrected God could overcome such obstacles. Glory to God whose light shines behind closed doors and sets the prisoners free.

By Rinda LeSage

This article was written with inspiration from God’s Word and an article called, “Behind Closed Doors” shared by Fr. Stephen on the website celebrating the Feast of Feasts by the Orthodox Church, http://www.feastoffeasts.org/

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