Have you ever wondered what kind of thoughts went through the Apostles minds after they first saw Jesus resurrected? If you try to put yourself in their shoes, so to speak, how would your mind wrap itself around the reality of what you were seeing?
Jesus literally rose from the dead, He was dead for three days after being brutally executed and then He was alive again, that’s never happened to anyone, ever, except to Jesus.
And Jesus wasn’t just alive again, nursing His wounds, He was alive again with supernatural power and victory and divine purpose.
He was raised from the dead by His Father, by the Holy Spirit and by Himself, to prove to us beyond all doubt, that He was who His Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Himself, witnessed to, that He was who He said He was, the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, the King of Kings, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, the Son of the living God.
And just as a side issue, if you’re thinking, well the Scriptures say that the Father raised Jesus or that Jesus raised Himself, check out this link or this link.
And when you stop to think about it, if Jesus is who He says He is, how could the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, not all three be involved? But like I said, this is a side issue, it’s not the focus of this post.
The Apostles had heard the words that Jesus spoke from the Father, they had witnessed the miracles that He did and they all knew beyond a doubt that He had been crucified and died. Jesus had told them that He would rise again but because no one had ever been put through what Jesus had been put through and been brought back to life again after three days, I don’t think they thought it was possible. They didn’t really expect to see Him again, but He did rise and they did see Him again.
So what we’re talking about here is the God that created all that we see in the heavens, who created this earth and everything that we see on it, it standing here alive again, in the presence of the Apostles. What does that do to your head?
So His truth really becomes highlighted, this is authenticated truth, it becomes a reality like never before, it literally wipes aside any and all of our previous preconceived ideas about how everything around us, including ourselves, actually works towards a given purpose, or no purpose at all. It literally changes everything.
But it’s hard at times to be able to focus on God’s reality because we don’t physically see it and in addition, we are faced with what we do see, everyday, everywhere we look.
Sometimes when I am work outside and it is quiet (no duties to actually do because there are no vehicles or people coming in), I pray, yesterday morning being an example. I had just seen a beautiful sunrise, seen the sun gently sweep away the darkness and I marvelled at the beauty of the light that God provides. And as I prayed the word temporary came into my mind and I acknowledged that what I was seeing was temporary but yet the temporary seems to take a hold of, within me, much more than it should. I asked God to help me understand how to put what I see into it’s proper perspective, like the Apostles did. I need to see like they saw, I need to have the perspective that they had, here, now, today, in me.
I didn’t get an immediate answer but it was a heartfelt prayer and I always feel better after an honest heartfelt prayer.
I work with another fellow and we work in half hour shifts, one half hour he is out and one half hour I am out. I can read or study whatever I want when I am not outside. So I picked up from where I had stopped in 2 Corinthians the previous day and these are the two verses that I encountered.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
All I could say was “Wow”.
The Apostles still saw the same world that we do, they still experienced the same ups and downs, but their eyes were not fixed on what they saw but rather on what is unseen, they looked not at the temporary but rather on what is eternal. That’s what the resurrection of Jesus Christ did to them and that is what I need His resurrection to do to me.
Now when I look at the horizon, I see it a little different, like I know I am on this world, in my tiny small space, but this is not all there is, never has been, never will be. My God is so much bigger than this what I see. That door is open now, not wide open yet, but open more than it was. I’m pretty sure this is a time project.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!