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THE GREAT ADVENTURE - LIVING THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Dr. Stan Coffey
John 20 records the resurrection according to John, the apostle. Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. The disciples had been locked behind closed doors, not believing in the resurrection of the Lord, although they had been told of the resurrection of the Lord by Mary Magdalene and by several other of the women. They were not yet fully convinced that the Lord had risen from the dead. This is Sunday night, Easter, about 2000 years ago.
(Read John 20:19-22)
Jesus appeared to these disciples; He showed them the scars in His hands and the scar in His side from the spear. They were convinced without any doubt that it was the Lord Jesus who had died on the cross, who had been buried in the tomb, and on the third day had risen again. On the first Easter Sunday night, they were not yet convinced. Jesus came to them to speak peace to their troubled hearts. He said, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so send I you."Can you imagine the weight of that responsibility? Can you imagine that these disciples felt a tremendous sense of inadequacy? Because Jesus, who had died, who had risen again, was going back to the Father. And He was saying to them, "Just as God sent me in the world to be the faithful witness, I'm going back to the Father, and I'm now sending you." They must have thought in their hearts and their minds "What a terrifying thought that Jesus is leaving His ministry with us, that Jesus' plan to carry out the gospel and to preach the good news of salvation is dependent upon us."
It was that precise moment when they felt their inadequacy, when they felt their weakness, that Jesus breathed on them and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." Jesus was assuring them once again that they would not have to rely on their strength, they would not have to rely on their ingenuity or their abilities, but the ...
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