“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”

(JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » 20:19-31)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

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Introduction

For us the last wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of our loved ones are very importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... ». That’s why people go to their lawyers to make their Last Will & Testament. In the court the last words of a deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » have bearing or relevance. The worldThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » has full of compilations of the last words of most popular people, and we treat them as very precious. Let me tell you some last words of famous ChristianHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » leadersLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... »:

Martin LutherThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... », founder of LutheranismThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... », says, “Our GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » is the God from whom cometh salvationThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... »: God is the LordCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » by whom we escape deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... ».”

“Live in ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... », live in Christ, and the flesh need not fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » death,” says John Knox, the founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland.

John Calvin, founder of Calvinism, says, “Thou, Lord, bruisest me; but I am abundantlyThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » satisfied, since it is from Thy hand.”

John WesleyThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... », the founder of MethodismThe Indigenous Principles: A Missiological Contribution to the Philippine Methodist Autonomous Movement. Read more ... », says, “The best of all is, God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... ». Farewell! Farewell!” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

JesusGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » had also last words before he ascended to heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». In his words, Jesus prepared the disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » after the resurrectionThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... ». He should ascend to heaven as soon as he was raised, but still Jesus showed himself to his disciples, and strengthened their “resurrection foundation” which is uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » in Christian faithHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ».

Our passage hints that Jesus showed himself to his disciples within a span of one week (vv.19, 26).

 I.  Jesus Consoles: “PeaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » be with you!” (vv.19, 21, 26).

In our passage, there are three mentions of the phrase Peace be with youHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... »!” Two instances in the Resurrection day, and another one after a week. This phrase was addressed to Jesus’ disciples.

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Greeting “peace” to his disciples during this timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » was a timely manner, since they were perplexed, afraid of the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », and had doubts. As the core or agents of Christ’s missionDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » to the world with unstable minds might hinder their missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ».

Jesus knew that, that was why he told them “Peace be with you!” It was like “Make whole your minds.” Repetition of that kind of greeting may mean the importance and urgency of peace in their heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and minds.

Duke UniversityWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... », a United MethodistThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » university in North Carolina, did a study on “peace of mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ».” Factors found to contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability are:

1) The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge or hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » was a major factor in unhappiness.

2) Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to hopelessness and depression.

3) Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot changeThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... ». Cooperate with lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... », instead of trying to run away from it. In other words, live your life.

4) ForceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress. SeparationThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » from the world (e.g., stay in the room) will not help in having peace.

5) Refuse to indulge in selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »-pity when life hands“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.

6) Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues–loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », humor, compassionPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » and loyalty. In other words, apply love and humor to your familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », friends, and neighbors.

7) Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation, and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable. Understanding oneself will help nurture peace in his mind.

8) Find something bigger than yourself to believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » for measuring happinessThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». Believe in God and expect that he will help you in your times of troubles (sermonillustrations.com).

II. Jesus Sends: “As the FatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » has Sent me, So I Send You” (v.21).asthefatherhassentmesoisendyou1

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (v.21). This is the first of the three commissions given by the Risen Christ (another on the mountain in Galilee [Mt. 28:16-20; 1Cor.15:6], another on the Mount of Olives [Luke 24:44-51; Acts 1:3-11]).

You might notice the adverbs “as” and “so” in the sentence. It may mean, “in the same wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », likewise” or “To the amount or degree expressed or understood” or “As-to the same degree or extent or equally” (thefreedictionary.com; dictionary.com).

In Jesus’ words, it may mean like this: “Look at me, I am your model, the Father sent me like this, so I am sending you like this way, too.” He may mean three things: (1) SacrificeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... », (2) Loyalty and (3) GloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». Jesus did sacrifice for his mission entrusted by his Father. He was patient, and he even offered himself for his mission. Even in times of sufferings and crucifixionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » his loyalty to his Father was unmovable. In the resurrection, Jesus was glorified. GlorificationThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » is sure for those who will sacrifice, and will be loyal for his mission.

III. Jesus Gives: “ReceiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... »” (v.22).

Sending the soldiers in wars without guns might mean suicide, likewise sending the apostles into the world without the powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » of the Holy SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » will mean painful sufferingDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... », and consequential defeat.

you-shall-receive-power-Holy-Spirit2Jesus knew that going to the world without power for the apostles will be like sending them to commit“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » suicide.

So Jesus breathed on the Holy Spirit to them. The GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » used here is εμφυσάω (emphusaō) which means “breathed on” or “blow at,” which the act was symbolic, after the manner of the Hebrew“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » prophetsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » (compare Ezek.37:5, Vincent’s Word Studies).

The Holy Spirit was promised, and in the book of Acts, Jesus told his apostles to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit (1:8). On PentecostBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » day, the Holy Spirit filled the waiting disciples (Acts 2:4).

IV. Jesus Proves: “Put Your Finger…” (v.27-29).

Sending the apostles with their doubts in mind was unwise leadership, so Jesus cleared the minds of the doubting disciples. The GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » of John mentions ThomasI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » as the doubter, but Mark“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » 16:14 says the plurality of doubters, meaning Thomas was not the only one, some disciples had also doubts. Let me read the account of Mark,thomasdoubttouchessideahnds1

“Finally he appeared to his eleven disciples while they were eating. He rebuked them for their unbelief and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who had seen him after he had risen.”

Anyways, in the Gospel of John, Jesus asked Thomas to touchMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » his hands and his side. Jesus told Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, but believe” (v.27).

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus told him, “Is it because you have seen me that you have believed? How blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!” (vv.28-29).

I believe Thomas’ doubtA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » was just a kind of scientific doubt. Doubt that did not lead him to unbelief. That was the doubt that led him to dig deeper the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » and led him to a strong belief. After he found out the truth as revealed by Jesus himself, he shouted, “My Lord and my God!”

However, for Jesus, that faith founded on proofs seem inferior to faith. The disciples knew this later on. Hebrews 11:1 says,

“Faith, therefore, is the substance of things waited for, the evidence of things not seen.”

One goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » thing with Jesus, he even sent the disciples even though their faith was not strong, and they have had doubts (Mark 16:14-15). Probably he knew that as they did share the Gospel their faith would become stronger and better.

Conclusion

It is interesting to note that the last commandmentThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » of Jesus ChristThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » after he was resurrected, and before he ascended to heaven is that the Church shall go into the world and do its mission (Mt. 28: 19-20; Jn. 20:21).

I remember a theologian once said like this, “A church that ceases to do its mission, ceases to be a church.” Thus, the church exists for mission, and if it stops doing its mission it stops to be a church.

J. H. Bavinck is right when he says that:

The Church . . .exists to satisfy the need of the world.  Missionary activity is not incidental, but it is a part of the very essence of the church. . . the church is the instrument by means of which divine mercyMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » is extended to the world.  Through his church Christ stretches forth his hands to those still outside the lightIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » of his everlasting salvation.” (An Introduction to the Science of Missions, p.69).

The big questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » for us nowadays is this, are we ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to be a church? Are we ready to be the Eagle Rock Lutheran ChurchWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » that has mission to its neighborhood?

Are we ready to be a member of the church that does its mission to its neighborhood? Or we are just like watchers in a movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » theater? We just pay, watch and go home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » after the movie. Spectators who are spectating the spectacular?

dlmoody1One time D.L. Moody made a covenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » with God that he would witness for Christ to at leastThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » one person each day.

One night, about ten o- clock, he realized that he had not yet witnessed; so he went out in to the street, and spoke to a man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » standing by a lamppost, asking him, “Are you a Christian?”

The man flew into a violent rage, and threatened to knock Moody into the gutter. Later, that same man went to an elder in the church and complained that Moody was “doing more harm in ChicagoCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » than ten men were doing good.”

The elder begged Moody to control his zeal with knowledge. Three months later, Moody was awakened at the YMCA by a man knocking at the doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... ». It was the man he had witnessed to.

He said to Moody. “I want to talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » to you about my soul,” He later apologized for the way he had treated Moody, and said that he had no peace ever since that night on Lake Street when Moody witnessed to him.

Moody led the man to Christ and he became a zealous worker in the Sunday schoolThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... ».

The missionary action of Moody did not bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » fruitThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » at first, but his action made the man think about his faith and salvation.

When we go to our neighborhood, and share the gospel, we might receive nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », we might convert nothing. But the Holy Spirit will help us, and in His time, our effort will become victorious and fruitful. Just go….

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