Jesus did three things to help his disciples recover from their timidity and shame. He offered his peace and blessing rather than his criticism. He sent them out as his representatives responsible for his mission. And he gave them his Spirit and his authority.
The internal sense of his presence, through his Spirit, would remain when he ascended to the Father. Though small in number, outgunned by Roman armies and Jewish authorities, they would carry the Kingdom powers of grace and truth, here represented by the forgiving and retaining of sin.
Do you think of yourself as empowered and commissioned?
Do you have spiritual authority?
All Jesus’ friends are on a mission from God! Discuss.