THE SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
If you had gone to the Upper Room in Jerusalem on Good Friday night you would have found, we read, the door shut and barred ‘for fear of the Jews.’ Inside were eleven despairing, humiliated, trembling men. Life was over for them. Their world had crashed in upon them. They had hoped Jesus would have been the Messiah to redeem Israel. He had promised so much. His words had been so fair, his deeds so gracious. They had believed him. And now he was dead and they were stuck there, deluded, frightened fools, and in real danger from those who had put their Master to death. But suppose you had gone back to the same house a week later. The windows would have been open, the doors unbarred. Through them you might well have heard laughter and the singing of joyous psalms, and, had you listened closely, you might have heard the plans of those who, within a few weeks…
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