Monday is for Discussion
Jesus has risen. His purpose has been accomplished. He appears to his disciples. The ones who ran and hid, … the ones who declared loyalty and failed, … the ones who he had told to not let their hearts be troubled (John 14:1), … are now given his first command between the resurrection and his ascension.
What would he say? What would he command? What would the risen Lord of life want them to know after all their failure, all their sorrow, all their disappointment?
John 20:19-26 (ESV)
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.
Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said,
“Peace be with you.”
Jesus wants the believing heart to be at rest.
Preach that to your soul every day,
in every circumstance,
in every disappointment,
in every difficulty,
your commander in chief,
the lamb-made-Lion of Judah says he holds you and your heart can rest. Let nothing steal your joy in what his blood has purchased. “Rejoice. Again I say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4)
Preach it to your soul and then to everyone you know.