“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” - John 20:23
These are the words of Jesus on Easter evening during His first visit to disciples who all failed Him in the time of crisis. He comes with a message of forgiveness and with the warning that what they do not forgive will then be a burden that they will drag through life. Jesus is, of course, also telling them that He has forgiven their failure.
Step into that Upper Room and prayerfully watch the faces of these disciples who abandoned their Master three days before, but who are now told that they are forgiven.