Wednesday, November 18, 2009
19 -20 "Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house."
Together. Huddled. Doors locked. Safe from the outside world.
Christians have done that for centuries. When you are afraid, you huddle.
"Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." Then he showed them his hands and side.
20 -21 The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant."
Jesus shows up, and the group is thrilled.
"Jesus repeated his greeting: "Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you."
Hold on. I like the first part. "Peace to you." Acutually, add a word. Peace and PROSPERITY to you. That's great. But what is the second part. You are sending us? No! We want to huddle. We want to be safe. We need comfort. We need reassurance. Don't be SENDING us!
22 -23 "Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. "Receive the Holy Spirit," he said. "If you forgive someone's sins, they're gone for good. If you don't forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?"
24 -25But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, "We saw the Master."
But he said, "Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won't believe it."
26Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you."
27Then he focused his attention on Thomas. "Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don't be unbelieving. Believe."
28Thomas said, "My Master! My God!"
29Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing."
30 -31Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it."
Soon we will see the huddle break, and the group will explode into hard hitting action!