Prayer: O God, let your Spirit guide me through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
When there is a threat of danger outside, we are often advised to go inside and lock the doors. When we are afraid, we seek safety of locked doors and windows. The disciples were afraid after Jesus’ death. They were afraid that they would be arrested and put in jail or worse. But Jesus kept His promise and found them and did not leave them “orphaned.”
Jesus gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit. It would be with them always as Jesus would return to heaven, but the Spirit would be His presence in their hearts and minds. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit would come with a force like the rush of a violet wind, to show all of Jerusalem during the holy time of the Passover the power and miracle of the Holy Spirit.
Our devotion writer writes; “On Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Spirit upon God’s people. The Spirit speaks of Jesus to us, connects us to him, and empowers us to do ministry in witness to Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. As challenging as discipleship is and as difficult as life will be, we are never alone or lost. Jesus finds and holds onto us just as he held onto those first disciples. So, peace be with you!”
Prayer: “Holy Spirit, give us courage, confidence, and faith every day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”