When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, he had many important things to say to them. His words were filled with love, hope, and encouragement. Let’s take a closer look at what Jesus said to his disciples during this momentous occasion.
Jesus’ First Words
The first thing that Jesus said when he appeared to his disciples was “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). This was not just a casual greeting but a powerful declaration of the peace that only he could bring. The disciples were overjoyed to see him, and this simple phrase helped calm their fears and reassure them of his love.
The Commissioning of the Disciples
After greeting his disciples, Jesus commissioned them for their work ahead. He said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).
This was an important reminder that they were not alone in their mission but had been called by God himself. He also gave them the power of the Holy Spirit and told them that they had the authority to forgive sins (John 20:22-23).
When Jesus appeared to the disciples initially, Thomas was not present. When he returned and heard about what had happened, he expressed doubt about whether it was really Jesus who had appeared. In response, Jesus appeared again and addressed Thomas directly. He said, “Put your finger here; see my hands.
Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27). This statement was a powerful reminder that faith is not just about believing in something abstract but about encountering the living God.
The Great Commission
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave his disciples one final commission. He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). This commandment has become known as the Great Commission, and it remains a vital part of the mission of the Church today.
When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, he had many important things to say. He reassured them of his love, commissioned them for their work, addressed their doubts, and gave them a mission that would change the world.
His words continue to inspire us today and offer us hope in challenging times. May we always be open to hearing what Jesus has to say to us.