Week 1, Day 4
As the Father Sent Jesus, so we are Sent
By: Erin McCormick
“Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Before going any further, take a moment to reflect on these words that Jesus spoke to his disciples. What emotions and questions do they evoke? Write some down:
Now zoom out to read John 20:19-22: “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
We see that these were the first words that Jesus spoke to his disciples after His resurrection. The disciples were hiding out in fear of what would happen to them as Jesus followers. Along with fear must have been a deep sadness over the death of Jesus; they rejoiced when they saw Him. He says to his friends, “peace be with you,” not once but twice. Then he adds, “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” His followers went from fear and grief to peace and rejoicing as the Lord gave them their calling. Just as God sent Jesus to sacrifice Himself for the salvation of Man, Jesus sends His disciples to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me,” Matthew 16:24.
As they sat dealing with the fear of what the Jews would do to them, Jesus comes to confirm the truth that the disciples are in danger, as He was. And then He provides a comforting truth. He is sending his disciples out into the world, but not alone. Just as the Father was with Jesus, Jesus would be with His disciples and His will is that they have peace, so fear not.
Our God is a sending God. He sent His son to die on the cross to atone for our sins. Jesus sends His disciples to share this Gospel by laying down their life for others and He gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us to do so.
Back to the beginning exercise where we reflected on verse 21. Do these words produce feelings of fear and doubt (like me)? Or excitement and courage? When thinking of the sacrifice God is calling you to, are there emotions which reveal where your heart is in response to this calling?
What feelings do you experience when you think about being sent on the mission of God? Are you fearful, excited, scared, overwhelmed, etc?
If you are scared, why? Try to get as specific as possible. What is going on in your heart when you hear the call to live on mission for God?
Take some time to pray to God and process your emotions and feelings with him. Allow him to bring you peace, direction, and boldness. You are both sent and equipped for the work he has for you.