The apostles had become very popular among the people when…
The high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.” When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching…
But when the temple police went <to bring the men to trial>, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and reported, “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what might be going on. Then someone arrived and announced, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
The apostles were given (at least temporarily) the super power of intangibility. In other words, the physical universe couldn’t restrain them. They were able with an angel’s help to overcome the walls that held them captive and go back to Solomon’s Porch where they resumed teaching the people “the whole message about this life.”
We were in Montmatre, France recently when we stumbled on a sculpture called Le Passe-Muraille or “the Passer-Through-Walls.” Le Passe-Muraille is the title of a story by Marcel Aymé about a man who discovers that he can pass through walls.
Perhaps this is a super power that you haven’t yet discovered about yourself? Jesus and his followers were, on more than one occasion in the New Testament, able to do this.
What wall is holding you prisoner today? Why not call upon the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit to show you how to pass through it? If that isn’t enough, Jesus is already inside those walls with you ready to give you peace and fill you with joy!
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!
Either way, don’t take a dismal status quo as the way things are meant to be. The wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit is available to you. And “the peace of Christ” is being offered to you.
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