October 21st, 2012 ~ John 20:19-23

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The LORD spoke to us last Sunday from John 20:19-23. John shows that on the first day of the week, Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of the LORD Jesus, Jesus enters into this first assembly of the Church of Jesus Christ, the first worship service. This is why we gather together on Sunday to worship. There were at least one hundred and twenty believers behind those closed doors praying and I would imagine singing songs of worship to the LORD. They were assembled there for fear of the Jews. They assembled to hear the apostles speak of what the LORD had said to them, John chapters 14-16. Also, they traded what each had heard the LORD speak to be encouraged and to strengthen each other to deal with those that are unbelievers and scoffers outside the doors.
This is one of the purposes for which Jesus formed the church. Scripture reveals this was to exhort and encourage each other, Hebrews 10:24 25. The LORD declares in Matthew 8:18-19 that wherever two or three are gathered together in His name, the LORD Jesus is in the midst of them. Jesus is present. What commander or CEO would call a meeting and then not show up? The answer of course is none. When they a call a meeting it is to speak to their people of their vision, their will, their exhortations, their encouragements, their warnings and their love.
When two or three believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus, the LORD is in the midst of them. He is there on that set day to speak to us through the man He has appointed and empowered or anointed to speak on His behalf by His Spirit. We see that His message was first of all to give peace to the assembled believers. This is why we need to assemble together as the LORD calls us to do. It is true we can pray and worship the LORD by ourselves but when we come together and see the other believers also worshipping there is a strength that comes to us from being together.
Psalms 133 says when we dwell together in unity the LORD gives anointing and peace and life. Peace is given to us through the message of the gospel. To have peace with God is to know that your sins have been forgiven and you are reconciled back to the Father. In John 20:20, we see that Jesus gave evidence of His resurrection as He showed the disciples His hands and side.
As we meet every Sunday, the LORD, through the preaching of the gospel, gives us the evidence of His resurrection as we hear His Word preached by the Spirit of God and know it is from Him. It is in the Sunday meeting that we learn what we as disciples are to be doing. The LORD told the disciples in vs. 21 “As the Father has sent me so send I you.” This is also our mandate. The LORD Jesus saved us to serve Him in His mission. The Father sent Him into the world to bring His children back to Him. Jesus tells us in this verse and in the message of the LORD that we are to go and take what we have learned and tell others to bring them out of the world and into the kingdom of God.

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