On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, 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’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
The above passage was John’s account following the resurrection of Christ. Notice a couple of small details from this passage:
1). The doors were locked, “for fear of the Jews.” The disciples were scared for their lives. Everyone knew they were followers of the Messiah. What would happen to them next?
2). “He breathed on them,” to receive the Holy Spirit. Not only has Jesus told them twice, “Peace be with you!” but he’s also breathed on them the Holy Spirit! To feel the breath of the risen Lord had to have been quite an experience.
Imagine that place. Filled with scared disciples and the Messiah enters through a locked door and essentially tells them to calm down and breathes a breath that will change their future forever. Each time the disciples encounter Jesus post-resurrection it is a time of encouragement and restoration.
The image above is the Upper Room that some believe would have been where the disciples met. The Upper Room is were they had they had the last supper with Jesus and also where they met post-resurrection. Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to spread His gospel through the nations. That is the same gift that lives in us and allows us to live and proclaim His glory as well.