This from an old BHT post by Bob Myers. Really good stuff.

The Resurrected Jesus  also calls the Apostles “Brothers” for the first time (John 20:17).  They least deserved it, having earned the title of cowards, deserters, and deniers, but even so, Christ now speaks on the other side of Calvary, and this means that Christ’s death and resurrection does not take Him further away from us but brings Him nearer, despite our worst failures and sins.