When the Lord Jesus Christ died, the disciples were frightened. They thought that they themselves might be crucified. And as rapidly as possible, they took flight. Their refuge was an upper room in somebody's house, where they had gone up and closed the door, and were huddled there in fear. And suddenly the Lord Jesus Christ came through walls and was standing there in the midst of them. "When the doors were shut ... Jesus [came] and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when lie had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord" (John 20:19-20). And the Lord began to speak in a great way, giving the purpose which He had in His heart for these disciples. He said, "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" (v. 21).
Here I think of the title of another of Jonathan Edwards sermons: The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners.” When most people hear that title today, they are quite taken aback and ask themselves, What kind of person must Jonathan Edwards have been to have talked like that? What kind of a person would link justice to damnation” But Jonathan...