Jn 20:19-23 (ESV)
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
Authority given to the followers of God is the agenda of the day for those who live The Resurrected Life. Authority to forgive sins is actually quite heavy duty and we would do well to understand its meaning. As you and I proclaim the good news of the gospel of Christ and someone repents of their sins giving their lives to Christ, they are forgiven of their sins, not by us but by God. We are the messengers proclaiming forgiveness of sins is available and the instruments God uses to reassure people that indeed those sins are forgiven. It is quite humbling and empowering all at the same time. In fact, all authority bestowed is of such and it’s something we should never forget.