“After the Resurrection – Confusion”
What’s it like on the first day of a new job? __________________________________
John 20:19-31 A confused group of Disciples
Verse 19 provides the context of this day for the disciples – they are all gathered together. ____________________________________________________________________________
Jesus enters the room and we are provided no details on how He came in, but it seems quite sudden and alarming for Luke says, “Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were terrified and frightened and supposed they had seen a spirit.” Luke 24:36-37
In John’s account, 3 different times Jesus says, Peace to you. ________________________
What we find here are skeptical disciples according to John. So in verse 20 Jesus shows them His hands and His side. They had to see the scars to identify the Savior. ________________
___________________________________________________________________________ Immediately Jesus shifts to mission, verse 21: “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” Let me paraphrase this, ‘Shalom! I am sending you as My witnesses.’ The disciples will become the messengers of peace and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Jesus is commissioning them, something akin to an ordination service in the church of today.
Verse 22 is like the first step in a process. _________________________________________
‘He breathed on them’ – I think this is a parallel to Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” The New Testament teaches us that we are ‘new creations’ in Christ.
The second portion of the verse has produced much comment and debate: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Is this a pre-Pentecost experience just for the disciples? _______________________
____________________________________________________________________________ Verse 23 is a statement of the ministry in which they are being commissioned. To their ears forgiving of sins was synonymous with cleansing and baptism so they would understand this part of their commission. We know because Scripture teaches us that only God can forgive sins but He uses His Church in the process of reconciliation. Paul later teaches this truth, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Verses 24-29 deal with Thomas, who was missing from the gathering on Easter night but that Jesus came eight days later and went through the process with Thomas and we see his testimony, “My Lord and my God!” I am so glad that God takes the time and the effort to deal with us individually. ________________________________________________________________
Scripture says there is no temptation that is not common to man.
The closer you grow in relationship with Jesus the less the fear, the less the confusion, no matter what happens around you.
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