Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them, if you hold them bound, they are held bound.”
Jesus breathes the new life of the Spirit upon his disciples, just as in the beginning God breathed the spirit of life into the first creature in Genesis 2.7. Easter is a new day of creation. The life Jesus’ Spirit inspires is forgiveness.
The peace and forgiveness the risen Jesus and his Spirit bring the community become their commission. Jesus sends the community to make the lives of others whole as he has made their lives new and whole. The grain of wheat has germinated and Jesus’ spirit will multiply a hundredfold as the men and women of this small company continue his mission.
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