Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” – John 20: 21-23
Great God, I love you. You deserve all praise and thanksgiving. You deserve all surrendered hearts, spirits & souls in all expressions of praise and worship. I love you. You are worthy.
Lord Jesus, you enter into our surroundings and environments and speak to us peace. Peace be with us, with our hearts & spirits & souls & conditions & circumstances. As you spoke to the wind & waves, you speak to all that surrounds us and all elements within us. Peace be still. Peace be with you. Alleluia. Thank you, Jesus, for coming to us and speaking to our conditions so that all that we are is stilled and corrected and healed by your loving words to us. Peace be with you. Alleluia.
We as your brothers & sisters, sons & daughters, rejoice out loud. We rejoice because you are our champion. You are risen from the dead, not contained in a tomb as a mere memory or myth or legend. You are our living Lord who died our death and now lives forever more. You are not a dead martyr but a living God who bore our sins and diseases and now lives. The fruit of sin is death. You died. Your new life is also ours by grace & mercy. We rejoice loudly and boldly. Again, alleluia!
Peace with you is now ours. Great God, we love you.
Merciful God, as the Father sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil, we are now sent. The Breath of God has been breathed on us. We are recipients of the Holy Spirit. The empowering life giving fire now resides in us to strengthen us in order to destroy the devil’s works and to spread the fire into other hearts. Come in might and power, Holy Spirit. Rebirth in us new life, new love, new form & function so that the Kingdom comes in honor and glory. The reign of God is revealed and manifested in new lives. Praise God.
We do and will forgive the sins of many. The Spirit has come upon us first to forgive, manifested love in healing relationships. This is the first visible sign of the living God in his children, forgiving the sins of any. If we forgive with the Holy Spirit in and upon us, the sins are forgiven. If we refrain, the sting of sins remain.
Daddy, we love you. We love you for revealing to us the risen Christ and imparting on us your breath so we begin the reign of God afresh in forgiveness, forgiving the sins of any in our world. Alleluia. To your praise & honor & glory.