After Easter, Before Pentecost

Peter and John Running to the tomb on the Morning of the Resurrection, Eugene Burnand  c.1898.

Peter and John Running to the tomb on the Morning of the Resurrection, Eugene Burnand  c.1898.

I’ve been thinking about the time between Jesus’ resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. What was it’s purpose? Let’s see what Luke has to say in Luke 24 and Acts 1.

The disciples needed time to know that Jesus truly was risen from the dead. He was not a phantom for a product of their imagination. He walked with them. They shared meals. He taught them. This really was Jesus. But not a resuscitated Jesus that somehow had survived the Cross. His was a real body, that was no longer limited to time and space. Over 40 days Jesus gave them many convincing proofs.

This surprises me — Jesus went on to teach them from the Old Testament. Surely it’s enough to have the living Word in the room, but Jesus wants to take them from Moses through all the Prophets and everything inbetween. That’s how seriously he took the Scriptures. 

As Jesus met with them and taught them from the Scriptures the shock subsided, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him. They finally understood the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead.

He made it clear this was not the End but the beginning of the End. There was now a job to do. They were to take what he had taught them to the ends of the earth, starting in Jerusalem. Repentance for the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations. 

It doesn’t get clearer than that. They have convincing proofs of his resurrection. Jesus has opened their minds to what the Scriptures teach about him. Now before he returns, they must take the message to the world.

Then he tells them, there’s one more thing. . . .