On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, 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 his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.
Did you know when Jesus rose from the dead? Jesus died to take away our sins and suffered the pain so we didn’t have to suffer for our sin. Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning. When He rose on Easter morning it was the final step in the process of winning for us our salvation. This was something that Jesus could only do. With the power He has and uses He works only for our good. He has promised us that He will always forgive our sin even though we might not deserve it. When we ask He will forgive.
Almighty God, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You overcame death and opened to us the grate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before You in righteousness and purity forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
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