A Resurrection Meditation – Marching Orders for the Fearful

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A Resurrection Meditation – Marching Orders for the Fearful

John 20:19-23 excerpt

…with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And he breathed on them 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.”

Peace.  I send you.  Receive the Holy Spirit. Forgive.

You have a purpose; I am giving you a much higher purpose than anything you could have imagined.  Do you remember how I pronounced forgiveness of sin and that this was so much more than healing people’s bodies?  Now I give you the same authority. This is what you are now to do.

As the Father sent me (to proclaim forgiveness) so I send you (to proclaim forgiveness). Jesus sends us to proclaim the good news of God’s forgiveness to all who will believe and accept it.  This is the heart of the gospel.

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