Thursday (John 20:19-23)

April 16, 2020

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

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.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Reflection

What must it have been like?  Followers behind closed and locked doors. What now?  If the rabbi was killed then, clearly, the followers would be next.  I get it.  Do you?  Are you ever afraid to be identified as a follower of Jesus?  But there Jesus is.  Alive.  Our risen Saviour.  Nothing beats that.