It’s sad when someone we love has to leave; even if we know it’s necessary for a while.
This had to especially be true when Jesus left and ascended into Heaven. The disciples thought when He was back that He would user in the Kingdom of Heaven then. But God had different plans – and it involved a temporary separation from them so that more people would have an eternity with Him!
That’s an amazingly good trade!
Jesus will come again, so let’s get to work in the meantime, telling others about Him!
God is so faithful to us; granting us forgiveness, grace, and mercy because of His love for us through Faith in Jesus.
We are witnesses – like the first disciples – of His Faith and blessings!
But God doesn’t just want us as His disciples; He wants everyone; and He wants us to help make that happen! He wants to use us, even with our frailties and faults, to share about Jesus and make disciples of all nations!
What a wonderful “commission” our Lord has given us!
We desperately want it and seek it – even taking classes or seminars or reading books on how to “get” it – but it seems ever out-of-reach.
Much of the reason is that we seek the wrong kind of peace. We seek the world’s promised “peace” rather than the Lord’s assured, resurrected, true Peace!
The disciples we’re afraid and hiding, not knowing what to do; even after being told that Jesus is alive. So when Jesus first appears to most of the disciples, His first words to them are words of the new reality found in His victory – “Peace be with you!”
May you know, live, and share His resurrected and victorious Peace today – and every day!
Read the following together, as one continuous story.
The resurrection of Jesus brings completion to the prophecies of the Old Testament and clarity to the future awaiting all of us. It helps us focus on the reality of Life beyond this life and that all our fears and uncertainties are temporary.
And all of this happens when Jesus, the resurrected One, opens Scripture – opens Himself – to us through the Holy Spirit!
May we be open to Him as He opens Himself to us – and live accordingly!