MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

JESUS APPEARS TO HIS DISCIPLES

Today's discussion is based on John 20:19-23. In this scripture it talks about Jesus meeting his disciples on Sunday evening after the crucifiction of Jesus.

Jesus' disciples were gathered together behind locked doors at Sunday evening as they were afraid of the Jewish authorities.
Jesus came stood among them and said, "Peace be with you" and he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord.
Jesus said. "Peace be with you" again and said , as the Father sent me, so I send you. Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit". If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven, if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.

Discussion points.

From the scripture reading, it indicates that the disciples of Jesus were living with fear but Jesus appeared to them and comforted them and even strengthened them by saying that Peace be with you.

The Disciples were filled with joy when seeing the Lord. This gave them some hope in their minds.
Then Jesus, said, The Father sent me so I send you. Here Jesus knew that the disciples were in fear but when seeing Jesus after the death, they have that  work  to do which is to be the witness and reach out to people about the Good News of resurrection of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

To further strengthen them, He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that help the people to understand and believe in the Good News and follow Jesus.

Jesus also said to them that, Forgive the people's sins and it will be forgiven, if you do not forgive then it will not be forgiven. These were the tasks given to the disciples among other things.

In our daily lives we also have the task of spreading and maintaining the Good News of Jesus Christ. In order to do that it is not by our strength and goodness but it is the Holy Spirit that will make things possible for us to reach the unreached in the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

In doing so we also forgive those who sin against us and our Father in Heaven will also forgive our sins and we must always be at peace.

Amen.
Photo credits: Exodus Youth




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