We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.
On the first night after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his rather freaked-out disciples, who were huddled together in a locked room out of fear for the religious leaders. First, he said:
Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
Then 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.
(John 20:19-25; Luke 24:36-43)
Receive the Holy Spirit. What on earth does that mean and why does it matter? Jesus had lots to say on this all-important subject: