April 2 Devo

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    April 2 Devo


    Well, it's the day after Resurrection Day. Most of the candy and left-overs are now or near gone, the choirs are resting their voices, and most have settled in and gotten back into their routines. Well, have you wondered what happened after Jesus rose? it wasn't just a one day and done. No, He didn't ascend to Heaven right after He rose. Matter of fact, he stuck around 40-50 days.

    Why did He and what did He do?

    One reason Jesus stayed on earth for 40 days after His resurrection instead of ascending immediately into heaven was to demonstrate to His followers that He truly was alive.

    After all, they knew the Roman authorities had put Jesus to death, and that His body had been taken down from the cross and sealed in a tomb. And when that happened, they were filled with despair and fear; many even went into hiding. They had believed Jesus was the promised Messiah – and now their hopes were shattered. They had forgotten His promise that He would return from the grave, and they felt they had no future.
    But when Jesus appeared among them after the resurrection, their lives were changed. The greatest miracle in all history had just taken place: Jesus Christ was alive! During those 40 days, He appeared to various groups of disciples, proving beyond doubt to them that he had been raised from the dead by the power of God. Over two decades later, the Apostle Paul wrote that “he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living” (1 Corinthians 15:6).

    One of the most significant periods of the church calendar, and least celebrated or noted, is the 40-some days after Jesus rose from the dead. He revisited in places where His ministry had been; He was seen in His restored body by thousands; He healed many; He continued to preach, He continued to love. And then He ascended to Heaven, taken up in the sky, which also was witnessed by others. But also He reassured the Apostles, and told them of the coming Holy Spirit which all Christians when they're saved and receive at baptism. It all culminated at the Day of Pentacost.

    Just because the holiday is over, don't let your enthusiasm wane either.




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