Scripture: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23; Mark 16:14; John 20:24-31

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Appears To The Disciples Behind Locked Doors

Luke 24:36-43 (KJV) 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them (the disciples), and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.  38 And He said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?  39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.  40 And when He had thus spoken, He shewed them His hands and His feet.  41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat?  42 And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.  43 And He took it, and did eat before them.

John 20:19-23 (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.

Questions:

1. Who stood in the midst of the disciples and what did He say (Luke 24:36; John 20:19)?

2. What was their response (Luke 24:37)?

3. What did Jesus say and do (Luke 24:38-39; John 20:20)?

4. How did they respond then (Luke 24:41a)?

5. When Jesus again said, “Peace be unto you” what did He add (John 20:21)?

6. After speaking peace to them, what did Jesus say and do (John 20:22-23)?

7. What did Jesus ask for and what did He do with what He was given (Luke 24:41b-43)?

Answers:

1. Jesus stood in the midst of the disciples and said, “Peace be unto you.”

2. They were terrified and frightened, believing they had seen a spirit.

3. Jesus said, “Why are ye troubled?  And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.”

4. They still didn’t believe it was Him.

5. Jesus again said “Peace be unto you” He added “as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.”

6. Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.”

7. Jesus asked if they had any meat.  Jesus was given and He ate some broiled fish and a honeycomb.

Jesus Appeared To The Disciples Including Thomas

Mark 16:14 (KJV) 14 Afterward Jesus appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen.

John 20:24-31 (KJV) 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.

Questions:

1. Who appeared to the eleven disciples (Mark 16:14a; John 20:24)?

2. Why was Jesus upset with them (Mark 16:14b)?

3. What did Jesus say to Thomas (John 20:27)?

4. Who did Jesus say were blessed (John20:29)?

5. Why were these things written (John 20:31)?

Answers:

1. Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples.

2. Jesus was upset with the disciples because they didn’t believe those who told them He had risen.

3. Jesus told Thomas to behold His hands and to thrust his hand into His side.  And to be not faithless but believing.

4. Jesus said, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

5. These things (that Jesus said and did) are written that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing we might have life through His name.

HEAR the WORD

John 20:21-23 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.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Verse 21 – Jesus was passing on to His disciples the job of spreading the gospel of salvation around the world. Just as Jesus’ Father sent Him,  Jesus sent the disciples, and we too have been sent (see Matthew 28:18-20). Verse 22 – To do God’s work we need (we have to have) the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.   The Holy Spirit imparts eternal spiritual life.  Verse 23 – Our Spirit-guided mission is to preach the Good News about Jesus so people’s sins might be forgiven.  We have been given the privilege of telling new believers that their sins have been forgiven because they have accepted Jesus’ message (see Matthew 16:19 and 18:18). Though only God can forgive sins.  When we ask God to forgive us, He will.

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.” 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

To live out God’s call on our life we must accept the gift of Holy Spirit to guide us.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And when we have an opportunity, we must share this gift with others by telling them about who can give the Holy Spirit to them.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for the peace You give (Luke 24:36; John 20:19).  Lord, I ask You to forgive us of our sins and fill us to overflowing with the Holy Spirit (John 20:22).  Lord, I pray we will share Your message of salvation with all we meet (John 20:31).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

May you and I receive from God’s hand peace, forgiveness, salvation and the Holy Spirit.” <>< Dona