The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Scripture ref: John 19:40-42 and
Letís imagine that it is Saturday
in Jerusalem and we are with the disciples of Jesus Christ. This isnít
just any Saturday, though. It is the Saturday that falls between the day
of Christís crucifixion and the day of His resurrection.
The disciples are in a long dark
emotional tunnel. Their minds are filled with sorrow, fear, guilt, and
confusion. They see nothing but darkness.
They have sorrow because Jesus is
dead. He was their leader, teacher, and friend. They had traveled with
and learned from Him for the last three years. He loved them and they
loved Him. Now He was gone.
They have fear because the world is
against them. A collaboration of Temple and Roman authorities had put
Christ on the cross. The disciples could be next. They canít be seen in
public. They have their doors locked.
They have guilt because the
deserted Jesus in His time of greatest need. They had ran away when He
was arrested, and Peter, one of those closest to Christ, had denied even
knowing Jesus at His late night trial. Christ had been there for them,
but they had abandoned Him. Did they really love Jesus as much as they
They have confusion because they
had believed that Jesus was the Messiah who would deliver Israel. They
had staked their whole lives on this belief. How could the deliverer of
Israel be killed on a cross? Was it all a lie? If Jesus was the Son of
God, why had God turned on Him? Were they all victims of a cruel joke by
a Cruel God?
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon.
All of the disciples except Thomas are in a room with the doors locked.
They are more confused because the tomb of Christ is empty. Where is His
body? They are still in their tunnel.
All of a sudden, without using a
door, Jesus is standing in the room! He offers them peace, which they
havenít had in days. He proves that He is alive. The disciples are out of
the tunnel. They are standing in the light of Christ!
We often find ourselves in dark
tunnels. They may be caused by circumstances or by our actions. We donít
have to stay in them. Those who are Christians can call on Christ and
cling to Him. Those who arenít can repent of their sins, accept Christ,
and hold on to Him.
There is no tunnel too long or dark
that Christ canít bring us out of. He Is The Light!