John 20 v19-31
v19 ‘On the evening of that day, the first day of the week’
I love how this passage starts, we get the sense from the gospel writer that something brand new is beginning, a new humanity, a new creation, a new Kingdom, led by a new kind of King, a new world being born right in the middle of this one.
‘. . . the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear . . .’
The story finds them shut behind a locked door, hiding for fear. They were in fear of their lives, they were scared that those who killed Jesus would come for them next.
What fills you with fear at the moment?
Then; ‘Jesus came and stood in the middle of them. ‘Peace be with you,’ He said. With these words, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were overjoyed when they saw the master. ‘Peace be with you,’ Jesus said to them again. ‘As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.’ With that, He breathed on them. ‘Receive the Holy Spirit,’ He said.
He showed them His hands and His side to prove that it was really Him and His first message to His scared followers? PEACE, SHALOM. Receive the Holy Spirit, His power, His peace, His presence, His purpose, His promise.
Where you are right now, why don’t you receive the Holy Spirit, the breath of God?
Thomas, one of the twelve, sometimes referred to as the doubting disciple, missed this Holy moment but he wasn’t to be missed out! From v24-31 Thomas has his own encounter with the Risen Jesus. The doubter becomes a believer and Christ says these incredible words in verse 30 ‘blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe!’ That’s you and me! We believe even though we didn’t see. Maybe today you have some doubt, well you’re not alone, often genuine faith begins with doubt.
This chapter ends with John declaring why he wrote his gospel; that you may believe and that you may have life in all its fullness.
So, may you have the seed of faith, and may you experience the life of the Kingdom in all its fullness, in Jesus name and for His glory, Amen!