Good morning! Let's start with a song from part of our scripture reading today.
Our scripture comes from John 20: 19-31.
19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. 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 repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”
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?”
24-25 But 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.”
26 Eight 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.”
27 Then 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.”
28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”
29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
30-31 Jesus 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.
Last week we talked about and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, and today we are talking about his first interaction with his disciples.
The first thing we learn about is that the disciples are afraid. The disciples had been filled with fear because of the bad and scary things that had happened to Jesus.
The disciples were also fearful because they did not understand what had happened with his resurrection.
Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into them and replaced their fears.
The same thing happens with us. We may have very scary and bad things happen to us, but we don't need to be filled with fear. Rather, we can remember the scripture from today.
We can remember that the breath we breathe is filled with God’s Holy Spirit and with every breath we take, we are inviting God into our lives and bodies.
With every breath where we are inviting God into our lives, we are also pushing out the fear and worry that can sometimes fill us up.
Let us pray:
Thank you for the gift of Jesus who reminds us how to breathe in your Holy Spirit that then replaces our worries and fears.
Thank you, Amen.