Sunday 25 September 2022

John 20:19-31

19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” 30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

As I read this passage what struck me that Jesus appears to the disciples who are behind closed doors and afraid of the Jewish leaders.  His first words to them were “Peace be with you”.

He shows them His hands, His feet – His wounds and they are filled with joy – suddenly they realise that “death is not the end when we have faith in Jesus.”  Death is conquered.  It says that they were filled with joy.  He breathes on them to receive the Holy Spirit. 

Thomas was not with them at this time, however He appears again to them 8 days later, to reassure the doubtful Thomas.

What strikes me in this passage is the immense love Jesus has for us all.  In all our situations. 

If we are in fear, or doubt, Jesus brings us peace.

The disciples saw and believed, we need to have an encounter and believe.

I pray Lord for us all today, that as we read this passage, your peace would come to each one of us.  Lord helps us to encounter you today so deeply that it would transform our fears and doubts into faith and a reassurance for our future.  We thank you that you long to reveal yourself deeply to us.  Do that today.  In Jesus Name Amen.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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