Good News B21
Second Sunday of Easter
“…when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.”
Juda betrayed Jesus therefore there were only eleven apostles. Judas thought that Jesus would save himself from crucifixión by using his Powers as the Son of God. That didn’t happen. Jesus was crucified. Judas was so sad and disappointed in himself that he killed himself.
Now Peter, John and the other apostles except for Thomas hid out in the upper room. They ate in this room with Jesus the night befote he died on the cross. They were afraid the soldiers would kill them. Jesus’ body was missing from the tomb. The Romans could have thought the Apostles took it. The truth was the apostles did not know where the body of Jesus was.
Imagine ten men huddled together in one room. The doors and windows were locked. Their knees are shaking. Their teeth are clicking, clattering, grinding and scraping in terror. They are very scared.
Then Jesus appeared right in the middle of them. “Peace be with you,” Jesus said. To show it was really him, he showed them his hands and his side. They remembered his words, “Destroy this temple and in three days it will be restored.” They were happy to see him alive.
Jesus made them priests and gave them the power to forgive sins. “As my father has sent me, so I send you.” He breathed the Holy Spirit upon them and said, “Whose sins you shall forgive are forgiven them, whose sins you shall retain are retained.”
Then Jesus disappeared quickly. The ten apostles went to find Thomas to tell him that they had seen Jesus. Thomas said, “Unless I touch his hands and put my fingers in his side, I will not believe.” The next week they were locked in the upper room again because they had heard the soldiers were still looking for them. Jesus appeared again. He knew Thomas doubted that he was truly alive. Jesus told Thomas to touch his hands and put his fingers in his side. Then Thomas said, “My Lord and My God. I do believe.” Jesus said, “You have seen and believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
You are sometimes filled with doubt like Thomas. You don’t trust people or things unless you have the proof right in front of you. Jesus is asking you to have faith in him. He wants you to be at peace and trust that he is in control. When you get angry and afraid, you doubt that God is truly present in your life. If you cannot see what God’s plan is, then you doubt that he is truly in charge of your situation. You want to see proof for yourself, but God is asking you to trust in his divine love and care.
If you are ever filled with fear and terror, trembling all the way from your head to the heels of your shoes, then ask God to send Jesus his only begotten Son to be with you. Ask a friend to join you in this prayer: “God, almighty Father, I am afraid. My friend is afraid, too. We ask you to give us peace. Send your son to fill us with peace. Send the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom, knowledge, and the skills we need to be safe. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. God said if two or more of us pray for the same thing in Jesus’ name, he will give it to us. God loves us very much.
Say the “Our Father” to show God you love him. Ask God to help you share the peace that he has given you with others. Share the good news about what God is doing for you and your family. God will fill you with peace and joy.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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