John's goal in writing this gospel was so that others who were not witnesses to the Risen Christ would believe and thereby have life everlasting. Jesus was letting the disciples and everyone else know that it would all be okay. The Holy Spirit would be with Christ's followers as they were to go out and spread the good news. Believers are a team and all have that same goal. That doesn't mean we should lock ourselves in as the disciples had done, but rather we should reach out and strive for that same goal for Jesus had said, "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you".
God of grace, as we go about the toils of each day, keep our eyes on the empty tomb and the promise that Christ brings. Guide us, O Lord, to live our lives so that others will know that promise too. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. Pastor Randal Bruno and the congregation invite you to join us in praising and worshiping our Risen Savior.