April 12, 2020
Following Jesus’ crucifixion, His disciples hid behind locked doors for fear of reprisal from the Jews. A sense of lostness had settled over them—a darkness that could not be dispelled by false hope. But Jesus did not remain in the grave! He appeared in His resurrected body, proclaiming peace to His disciples. As Alistair Begg explains, our hope is not rooted in an idea but in a risen Savior. It is this truth that enables us to proclaim the way of forgiveness to all who will believe.
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,3 Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
Copyright © 2021, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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