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Rev Enosa Auva’a
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What happened after the Resurrection?

Tena koutou, and greetings church family.

Happy Easter! The Lord has risen. On Sunday our church family celebrated this very statement, with much joy and thanksgivng.  For those of you who missed our Easter service I encourage you to take a look on You tube, search St Peters in the City. You will be blessed.  Moving on from Sunday, as I sat down to write the pastoral message this week, I began to dwell on Jesus movements and meditate on…

What happened after the Resurrection?

We read that after his suffering, Jesus presented himself to the disciples and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God (Act 1:3) setting the scene for his Ascension to Heaven.

We read from John 20:19-20 that Jesus appears to His Discipleson the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

This week may you dwell on ‘What happened after the resurrection’, may you be filled with joy and your Spirits refreshed as you imagine the disciples unbelievable thrill and excitement seeing their Lord Jesus ALIVE AGAIN.

I leave you with this prayer:

Prayer by Victoria Riollano

Lord, I thank you for the finished work of the cross. I praise you for the resurrection that brings hope I will have everlasting life. Teach me to acknowledge what you have done for the world through salvation on a daily basis. Forgive me if I have neglected to share the gospel due to feeling incapable or uncomfortable. I pray for opportunities to share my faith.  I ask for boldness to tell others about the resurrection. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Rev Enosa Auva’a

Ordained in 2022 after 20+ years in the education sector as a Teacher, Principal and Education consultant. Reverend Enosa heard God’s call to enter the ministry. Now Senior Minister of St Peter’s Church in Tauranga, he leads a vibrant Church in the heart of the City reaching out to the local community.

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