𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐨 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 " 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟐𝟎 𝟏𝟗-𝟑𝟏
is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast
In our previous episode, we explored John 20, focusing on the discovery of the empty tomb and the powerful encounters with the risen Jesus, particularly Mary Magdalene's experience. This week, we delve into how the news of Jesus' resurrection spread among His followers, the initial skepticism, and the transformative power of encountering the risen Christ.
It's important to note that Sunday, not the Sabbath, became the day of Christian worship. This transition symbolizes the new creation and Jesus' finished work of redemption. Early believers gathered on Sundays, known as the Lord's Day, to commemorate His resurrection.
The disciples initially struggled with fear, but Jesus transformed their fear into courage. He reassured them with His peace and by showing His wounded hands, confirming His identity. Jesus also commissioned them, saying, "As my Father has sent me, even so I now send you," empowering them through the Holy Spirit.
John 20:23's meaning is not that a select few had the exclusive right to forgive sins. It signifies the disciples' authority to proclaim forgiveness through faith in Jesus.
Thomas, absent during the initial meeting, serves as a reminder not to forsake gathering with fellow believers. Missing church may mean missing blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth.
Thomas's confession, "My Lord and My God," affirms Jesus' deity and is the final testimony to it in John's Gospel.
John's Gospel provides enough essential truths for anyone to believe and be saved, despite not recording every miracle or detail of Jesus' life.
In summary, John 20 highlights the spread of Jesus' resurrection news, the disciples' transformation from fear to courage, and the significance of Sunday as a day of worship. It underscores the power of encountering the risen Christ and the importance of faith in Him for salvation.