Acts 1:1-3 NIV “ In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”
Do you ever wonder what words were exchanged between the Apostles when Jesus appeared before them numerous times during those 40 days? I woke up with this very thought on my mind early this morning. “Do you know what this means!”
I have no way of knowing if in fact those words were spoken by one Apostle to another but I’m pretty sure these words had to have been said by one of them. Had I been there, for sure, I would have said it. Seeing Jesus, after His resurrection, literally changed everything. When you take into consideration all that Jesus confirmed and taught before He was crucified and died on the cross, when you take into consideration all the healings and miracles He performed and how He walked on water and commanded the weather to be calm, when you consider how He foretold what would happen and then, true to His word, He did indeed rise again from the dead, victorious over death, nothing, absolutely nothing, ever remained the same again.
No one has ever been crucified on a cross, horribly tortured to death in the manner that He was, with a spear trust in Him (John 19:34) to ensure He was in fact dead and then buried for three days and then come back to life again.
No one, ever, no one except Jesus.
And what does the resurrection of Jesus mean?
It means that every word that Jesus spoke has demonstrated authority.
It means that every command that He gave us is indeed a command.
It means that His sacrifice and message of deliverance and forgiveness is true.
It means that we can see in Jesus the thoughts and ways of the Father.
It means that God our Father does extend His love to us only through His Son.
It means that the spiritual reality is of more importance than the physical.
It means that our bodies do have a spirit and this spirit does live on after death.
It means that every promise that He gave us can be relied upon.
It means that we can indeed see and still be blind.
It means that we can indeed hear and still be deaf.
It means that we can be physically alive but spiritually dead.
It means that we must be born again into the spiritually reality of God’s Kingdom.
It means that the promise of eternal life through faith and trust in Jesus is real.
It means that God’s plan of redemption and the Judgement is real.
It means that Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, is in fact, the only begotten Son of God.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!