The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 9 June 2019 – Christ Resurrection Power The Gospel
TOPIC: Christ Resurrection Power The Gospel
READ: John 20:19-31 King James Version (KJV)
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
In our passage today, the disciples woke to the surprise news that the Lord had risen. For fear of being accused of taking the Body of Christ away, they hid themselves behind closed doors. More surprises: Jesus came in and stood before them in spite of the secured doors. He restored peace to them, convinced them He is the crucified Christ and empowered them in the Holy Ghost to go and preach the Resurrected Christ. Thomas who was absent did not miss the action as Jesus came back for his sake but not without a rebuke that he Thomas, should learn to believe without seeing.
The event of that day reverberates through the life of the Church. Jesus’ resurrection gives backing to our faith in Him – we are serving a Living God (1 Corinthians 15:17). On that day, the disciples received the promise of the Holy Spirit enablement to preach the gospel. Forty days after, Peter standing before the same Jews (he feared), but in the power of the Holy Spirit, preached the crucified and resurrected Christ with thousands of souls believing and being saved.
PRAYER: O Lord empower Your Church to preach the Gospel.