Sunday, 25th March 2018
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:19-23)
There is often fear inside us, including fear of our positions being taken over, and our rights being taken over. But Jesus never fights back because He know who He is. Even though we call ourselves Christians, we don’t know who we are.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Rev Daniel reminded us to pray until our heart finds peace. When we make decisions, we should not be afraid, instead we should pray and lift up our situation to God until we receive complete peace in our heart. If we still have fear or doubt then we should continue to pray, at the same time we should read the Bible because all the peace and confirmation are from the Word of God.
I) PEACE COME FROM HIS NAIL MARKS
When Jesus was nailed on the cross, we actually built up a relationship with God. Because of the willingness of Jesus, His nailed hands remind us that through Him, we can be saved. Because of His sacrifice we can have peace.
II) PEACE COME FROM HIS SUFFERING
Jesus has taken away all our suffering for us. In Mark 15:34, it says, “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).”
Even on the cross, Jesus cried out to the Lord as He experienced the great sin of men. He knows all our weakness, and how terrible we are. He wants us to be set free and wants us to have the peace. We don’t need to pretend in front of Jesus because in Him we have a new life and hope.
2. SEND US ON A COMMISSION
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
In Hebrews, the Great Commission is not only about ‘go’, but more about ‘discipleship’. The church is not a building, it’s within each one of us, it goes with us wherever we go. We have been sent out to disciple others. Jesus has taught and shown us that we can do greater things than Him. So we should let our daily life, at home, at school. at workplace, etc. to live like Jesus. We need to let our godly life become our daily life, to share the Word of God, to lead others to repent and turn to the Father!
3. RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:7-15 )
When we read the Bible, there are a lot of places talk about the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is one of the Trinity, He came to help us to understand what we don’t understand. Jesus told us to wait for the Holy Spirit to tell us what to do, which is what Jesus would do. Therefore this is why Jesus told His disciples to receive the Holy Spirit. On the Pentecost Day, all the disciples received the Holy Spirit and their lives changed.
If we have peace, if we receive the Great Commission, we must receive the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we will be like a car without petrol.
“If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 16:23)
Jesus came to forgive everyone, and as followers of Jesus, we should forgive those who hurt us before. We have been given authority from Jesus to forgive. Many people suffer their whole life in forgiveness, but when we choose to forgive, we will be set free, and we can receive peace. So take this authority and forgive.
The power of the cross is not to judge. Jesus came so we can have peace. Let us carry no more fear and suffering from the past, in the present, or in the future, but may the peace of God fill us.