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.”
We made it! It is Sunday. The tomb was empty, and Jesus is gone. Angels have appeared and reminded all his followers about the things he said would happen. They still don’t know what to believe. They still don’t understand that the scriptures have spoken about these events way beforehand. They are no longer scattered, but even though they have gathered together there is still paralyzing fear among them.
A long week followed by a long confusing day, then suddenly Jesus appears.
All their hopes are confirmed. Their fears are relieved. Their faith is renewed.
Of course, if we’re still paying attention, the story doesn’t end here. Jesus completed his mission, but now he’s coMISSIONing his disciples to continue the work with the Holy Spirit. Already modeling how it was to be sent on a mission, he now sends his disciples on the same mission. A mission with the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of people.
Easter Sunday is a celebration but also a reminder to participate in the mission.
Our God who is in heaven and also with us, you have defeated death. Give us life. Give us courage. And give us hope so that we may go and share to all your goodness.
Kx. Ntshiab Suav
Senior Pastor of FHAC.