A happy reunion with Jesus transforms the fearful, anxious, worried disciples into glad men experiencing the peace of God. Witness the transformation of these inconsistent men into faithful Apostles sent out to do the work of building the visible church. This sermon covers John 20:19-23 and will encourage you to seek the Peace-maker, Jesus, who makes sinful hearts glad.
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And 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 withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (ESV)