“As the father has sent me, I also send you”...

“As the father has sent me, I also send you” (Jn 20: 19-23)

Autor: Robin T. Chellamthara

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Jesus ‘the one who was sent’ by the Father sends his disciples after the comple-tion of his mission (Jn 20:21). Such a successive action calls for explanation to get its theological significance to understand the mission of those who are sent by Jesus. The Greek verbs for sending are distinct ones in John 20:21. In the Farewell Discourse, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, and sends the Spirit to the disciples in the post-resurrection appearance in which Jesus sends the disciples to continue his mission. In that case, is the Spirit the successor of Jesus? Hence, we do a literary-exegetical analysis on John 20:19-23 by giving particular im-portance to the sending theme, analyse the employment of the sending verbs in the Gospel and study some other pericopes in which the theme appears relevantly. Thus, we reach the conclusions that the use of two distinct verbs for sending in John 20:21 does not contradict the interpretation that Jesus sends his disciples ‘as the Father sent him’. The sending of the disciples and the Spirit are complementary, and as a corporate body of Jesus, the community of the disciples continues Jesus’ mission in this world, in union with the Holy Spirit.

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Robin T. Chellamthara
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India. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from M. G. University
India. He studied at San Dámaso Ecclesiastical University
Kottayam and ecclesiastical degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Oriental Institute
Robin Thomas Chellamthara (Kerala 1978) is a priest of the Catholic diocese of Kanjirapally
University Expert in Jewish Languages and Culture. In November 2022
he obtained his doctorate in Biblical Theology with summa cum laude from San Dámaso Ecclesiastical University
where he received a licentiate in Biblical Theology and also the title
with this dissertation
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