- “If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven” (John 20:23).
What a fascinating moment! And one so little understood. What was Jesus doing in this initial meeting with His disciples? Was this the moment of their true salvation? Did Jesus pour out His Spirit here or at Pentecost? Where does this fit? Well, perhaps a better question is found in what Jesus actually focused on in this moment when He gave His disciples the authority to forgive sins. This is His focus. It’s clearly a moment of mission. An authority He alone possessed is now theirs.This moment isn’t about their own experience or relationship with God, but is clearly focused on how they will bring news of such opportunity to others. Jesus had promised that they would “do the works” they had seen Him do and now the moment is possible because the price of forgiveness has been paid.