Jesus’ followers were hiding from the Jews when Jesus appeared to them.
Jesus breathed on them 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.”
Easter is about transformation and action. Jesus hands over to the community the work that God sent him to do. They go forth to bring God’s love, forgiveness, and healing to the world and their divided community. Jesus’ presence frees his fearful community for faith, joy, and the work of the Spirit—to forgive and to love, to loose and to bind.
What new life and mission is the Spirit breathing into you?