When Jesus met his disciples after his resurrection, he had a lot to say to them. Let’s take a closer look at what he said and what it means for us today.
The Meeting of Jesus and His Disciples
The meeting between Jesus and his disciples took place in the upper room, where they had previously shared the Last Supper. The disciples were overjoyed to see their Lord alive again, but they were also confused and afraid.
Jesus’ First Words
Jesus’ first words to his disciples were “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). This was not just a casual greeting, but a powerful declaration of peace and reconciliation. By saying this, Jesus was acknowledging the fear and anxiety that his disciples were feeling and offering them comfort.
The Commissioning of the Disciples
After greeting his disciples, Jesus commissioned them to continue his work on earth. He said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).
This was not just an invitation or suggestion, but a command. Jesus was entrusting his mission to his followers.
The Power of Forgiveness
Jesus then breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven” (John 20:22-23).
This was a profound statement about the power of forgiveness. Jesus was giving his disciples the authority to offer forgiveness in his name.
One disciple who wasn’t present at this meeting was Thomas. When he heard about it later, he expressed doubt about Jesus’ resurrection.
But when Jesus appeared to him and showed him his wounds, Thomas believed. Jesus responded by saying, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
What This Means for Us Today
The words that Jesus spoke to his disciples on that day are just as relevant to us today as they were then. We too can experience the peace and comfort that Jesus offers.
We too are called to continue his work on earth. And we too have the power to offer forgiveness in his name.
Let us remember these words of Jesus and strive to live out his mission in our daily lives. May we be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to share God’s love with those around us.