We find two people with the experiences of closed doors in the Bible.
Apostle Peter tells us the event of Lord Jesus being closed for three days and three nights in the womb of earth with painful hell experiences.
After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, to those who were disobedient long ago when GOD waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. 1 Peter 3:19-20
Peter informs during those hours, Jesus did not stop preaching and he became fruitful. During those three days and three nights of painful imprisonment he preached the imprisoned spirits without taking rest. In end of third morning, GOD opened the door of earth for resurrection of Jesus.Jesus entered life eternally by passing gates of death.
Friends ! Death is the situation of imprisonment. It is punishment.
David said, “Even though I walk through the darkest shadow of Valley of Death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and staff, they comfort me” Psalms 23:4
GOD’s Spirit was with Jesus during imprisonment said Peter. 1 Peter 3:19
Now let us look at another person. He is Joseph. He also suffered in Egypt without any fault like Jesus. Bible says GOD’s Spirit was with Joseph during dark days of closed behind bars. He preached LORD’s name to the prisoners like Jesus and then glorified GOD by interpreting the meaning of dreams.
It’s important to speculate that he was in the prison for three years because his life is a shadow of Jesus. He was fruitful becoming leader of prisoners- informs the Bible.
Then end of Joseph was death because he was falsely accused for trying to rape his master’s wife. But eventually, the gates of prison was open forever after he interpreted two dreams of Pharaoh with the help of GOD’s Spirit and glorifying GOD by preaching WORD. Joseph was victorious over imprisonment of death with GOD’s presence.
There have been many closed doors in our lives, but be courageous, never stop preaching righteousness and serving those imprisoned in closed doors like Jesus and Joseph.
Lord worked through the freed prisoner who had been helped by Joseph’s interpretation of dreams to open doors of the prison for Joseph.
GOD closed doors, GOD will open the doors. He will open the doors that He closed. Nobody can take this from his hands.
The article is a translation of Nepali sermon Published in in http://nepalichristians.com/1995/ written by Thomas Bogaty