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John 20:19-23

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When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

John 20:19-23
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    • Let me take this time to be still, to wait on the Lord, to realise that Jesus approaches me as he did the disciples, wishing me peace. I hear him say, ‘Peace be with you,’ I notice my reactions, my protests. I see, too, where I am able to receive his gift of God’s Spirit and pray that I may pass these gifts freely to others.
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    • When things are not going as we think they should, we too cower behind locked doors. Jesus understands this fear and no amount of door locking on our part will keep him from being present to us.
    • Jesus calls his disciples into mission. We too are to be the Good News in our own place and time.
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    • In the Book of Genesis God breathes on human beings to bring them life. Now Jesus breathes his Spirit into his disciples to give them new life. They will have power over sin, which otherwise deadens the human heart.
    • Holy Spirit, I welcome you now into my small heart. Let today be ‘the first day of the week’ for me, which means the first day of my renewed creation. Let us celebrate this together.
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    • Thomas the doubter is the patron saint of so many of us. When it comes to the supernatural and spiritual, we need to be sceptical. Jesus respected Thomas's doubts, and guided his fingers into the wounds.
    • Lord, you call me blessed because I believe without the evidence of my senses. You matter more to me than what I can see, hear, touch or smell; but there are times when I falter. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.
    • I listen to Jesus speak to me, 'Peace be with you.' I bring before him those aspects of my life most in need of peace and hear him say again, 'Peace be with you.'
    • Jesus speaks of peace but shows his hand and his feet: he reminds me that there is a cost to being a presence of peace in the world.
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    • Thomas the doubter is the patron saint of so many of us. When it comes to the supernatural and spiritual, we need to be sceptical. Jesus respected Thomas's doubts, and guided his fingers into the wounds.
    • Lord, you call me blessed because I believe without the evidence of my senses. You matter more to me than what I can see, hear, touch or smell; but there are times when I falter. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.
    • I listen to Jesus speak to me, 'Peace be with you.' I bring before him those aspects of my life most in need of peace and hear him say again, 'Peace be with you.'
    • Jesus speaks of peace but shows his hand and his feet: he reminds me that there is a cost to being a presence of peace in the world.
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    • Thomas the doubter is the patron saint of so many of us. When it comes to the supernatural and spiritual, we need to be sceptical. Jesus respected Thomas's doubts, and guided his fingers into the wounds.
    • Lord, you call me blessed because I believe without the evidence of my senses. You matter more to me than what I can see, hear, touch or smell; but there are times when I falter. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.
    • I listen to Jesus speak to me, 'Peace be with you.' I bring before him those aspects of my life most in need of peace and hear him say again, 'Peace be with you.'
    • Jesus speaks of peace but shows his hand and his feet: he reminds me that there is a cost to being a presence of peace in the world.