John 20:
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

These boys were afraid. If something that horrible could happen to Jesus, what hope did they have of escaping injustice? They were hiding in a locked room. If people came looking they might be safe here.

It is our instinct to distance and avoid those who hurt and threaten us. Only God could raise Jesus from the dead and lead Jesus to the hiding place. When the presence of Jesus enters the room, there is peace that passes understanding, joy that overflows and a security that defies death.

In every painful loss and incomprehensible suffering, we need to know that Jesus wants to come into the room. His presence dissolves our fear. It is God’s initiative to move towards those who are afraid and suffer. Reconciliation starts with God revealing His presence.