When faced with difficult or new situations in life, we have all asked ourselves, “Am I equipped for this responsibility? People have expectations of me. Can I handle this?” At his resurrection, Jesus interacted with his disciples to reassure them and to give them a plan for their lives.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Message by Josh Mutter – May 5, 2019
John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that 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.”
1. JESUS BRINGS PEACE AND JOY TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH FEAR
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
2. FOLLOWERS OF JESUS PROCLAIM GOD’S PEACE
Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
3. FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE EQUIPPED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING PEACE INTO OUR WORLD
4. WE SHARE GOD’S PEACE BY SHARING THE MESSAGE OF FORGIVENESS