Jesus was crucified. The disciples were devastated. It looked like all hope was lost. Literally.
But then, just as he promised, Jesus began to turn his disciples grief to joy through a series of resurrection appearances.
On the first night after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to disciples, who were huddled together in a locked room out of fear for the religious leaders:
He came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands. side and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
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.”
(Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He is exactly who he said he was along: the Son sent from the Father to carry out his plan of salvation.
2. What exactly should we do?
Don’t be troubled. Don’t doubt. Let God’s peace be with you. Believe.
Receive the Holy Spirit, go where Jesus sends you and do the Father’s will.
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