Pamphlet 1542 John kc 59
20:19 just has to increase your faith in the Word of God because,
Mary Magdalene, the first person to see the resurrected Christ, has just been instructed by Him to go and tell His brethren that He is ascending to the Father, and she does exactly as the Word of God tells her to do.
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Jesus doesn't tell people He's going to do something and then not do it EXACTLY as He says.
Here are His very words:
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
What's left but to come again unto them, which He is about to do.
So they should be rejoicing.
However, there were two other things Jesus said unto them in the prior verse, just before He gave those three prophetic statements to them.
And that is that He is leaving them with PEACE, HIS PEACE, for He is the Prince of Peace, and to NOT BE AFRAID.
Once again, here are His words to them:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
You certainly can't have Peace of mind when you are filled with fear, can you?
Again, they know Jesus has gone away and Mary has now told them He has ascended to the Father.
This next verse just has to increase your faith in the Word of God.
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
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