April 28, 2019 (2nd Sunday of Easter): “As The Father Has Sent Me”

Main Text: John
20:19-21 (Acts 5:27-32; Revelation 1:4-8)

Thomas
was not with them when they encountered the resurrected Lord. We are not told
where he was, but only that when others told him that they had seen the Lord he
would not believe. He had lost his relationship with Jesus when he died on the
cross. He had been a witness to his brutal death and believed the story ended
there. Have you ever been in the locked room for fear of the world? Have you
ever been through an event or a loss that left you locked away from the world
and others in fear? How did you make it through? How did you find your way out
of that room? Maybe you are still there. Ask anyone who has found their way
through the fear and they will tell you that something broke through that
locked room and offered them peace that they could never have found on their
own. Faith says that this is the resurrected Lord. “I have seen the Lord!”, the
disciples proclaimed. Jesus came back and invited Thomas to experience the
resurrection. Christ comes to us as well and invites us to move from fear to
faith. Jesus tells the disciples, “as the father has sent me, so I send you.”
Now we are called to move out in faith to witness to the resurrected Christ in
our lives and in this time. We are called to be witnesses!  

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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