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Daily Devotion – April 6, 2018
04.06.18

John 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Devotion by Lynne Buell

The disciples were huddled in a room in fear of being the next ones to be put to death since their leader was no longer alive.  I imagine they were stressing out every time they heard footsteps and voices from the street below.  But then, Jesus quietly makes an appearance standing before them and showing his wounds, and the disciples are filled with relief.  Their Lord has been resurrected.  It is time for rejoicing.  I can almost feel the emotional rollercoaster effect they were experiencing; and then Jesus tells them what they must do on His behalf.

 

Thousands of years later, we are still living in an evil world.  While we might feel like we’re fighting a losing battle, we cannot stop from living by God’s Word.  This beginning seems like it has no end, but Jesus was sent to save us from our sins.  It is not easy to forgive others of their transgressions, but what Jesus is telling the disciples is that if they place their faith and trust in Him, goodwill will surpass the evil in the world and we will have everlasting peace.  It wasn’t their job to forgive anyone’s sins, but it was their job to preach the gospel, spread the Word, and encourage folks to repent and place their trust in God and Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer:

Loving God, help us to continue to seek the Truth and that we place our full trust in you and your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.        

 



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