Easter Sunday brought beautiful weather to Greenville, SC. Fantastic service at ecfmauldin.org because He Lives! I saw something today in the scripture that I have overlooked in the past--- or my memory is failing. I am going to stay with the Gospel of John and site Jn. 20:19 (c3-paraphrased) The disciples went that evening and locked themselves in because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. (after they had went and saw the empty Tomb and empty burial clothes and Mary had told them that she had seen Him and gave them His message.)--- These are the people that hung out with Jesus and seen innumerable miracles, and they had heard first hand from Jesus what was going to happen and they had BELIEVED!
They were afraid. We should not beat ourselves up for being afraid ---sometimes. The difference between we and them is that we are MORE blessed than they because Christ spoke that blessing over us when he had to show Thomas his hands to prove to him that He was Jesus. We also have the Holy Spirit IN us now and they had yet to recieve Him. We are well advised to have His Faith and DO NOT FEAR! --- It is Finished. He has overcome the world. He will not leave us as orphans. If He left ---He will come back and get us!
I recommend reading the last of John if you have not read it lately. Start at John 13 and read to the end of the Book. I love the last verse of that Gospel---"And I suppose that if all the other things Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain the books.