“3 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. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
As we look into the scripture, there are some very important things that we need to focus on when it comes to Jesus’ life after the resurrection. First, We notice that Jesus remained on Earth with his disciples for forty days after he resurrected. This is very important because It shows us that Jesus was able to teach his disciples further about the faith that they would be sharing to the world around them.
During the time that Jesus remained on Earth, his resurrection was seen and experienced by hundreds of people, which would all be able to testify to the truth of who Jesus is. This allows us to wrap our minds around the fact that Jesus truly lived after his death, burial and resurrection.
Secondly, we notice that Jesus taught his disciples that there was an upcoming gift that God, the Father has promised them once Jesus leaves the earth. This gift is the Holy Spirit, which is the third person of the Holy Trinity of God. The Holy Spirit Is used to guidance us, encourage us in our darkest times and give us courage to spread the gospel.
“7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
While Jesus was remained with the disciples after his resurrection, the disciples were still under the thought that Jesus’ ultimate goal was to restore the kingdom of Israel. They did not understand that in order to store God’s kingdom to its initial intent, the Gospel would need to be spread throughout the world because God’s initial intent was to bring people of all races and backgrounds closer to a relationship with their heavenly father. The purpose of Jesus’ life on earth was not to restoration to the Israelites, but his purpose was to bring healing and restoration to people and God.
As followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is what gives us the strength to face any difficulties and the courage to spread the Gospel. That means that when we are struggling to follow God, we are able to turn to the Holy Spirit to endure our current situation.
“10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
After Jesus found it time to return to Heaven, Jesus was lifted into the heavens on a cloud. Not surprisingly, the disciples was shocked at this sight and they stared off into the clouds, looking into the sky. It was then that the disciples were approached by two men, who reassured that when Jesus does return, he will return the way he left: on the clouds.
Anthony K. Giesick
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