Summary: Between the Resurrection and the Ascension Jesus shared about three things - The end times, the Holy Spirit and our purpose.
“After Easter Experience”
May 4, 2014
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 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.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
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.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
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.”
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”
If you were here last week you will recognize that this is the Scripture we used for the background on the message on what the disciples were doing after Easter. You remember that we said they 1. Walked in Joy; 2. Walked in Obedience; and 3. Walked in service. Today I want to take that same Scripture and change the focus just a little bit.
Imagine how it must have been at that time. Last week we talked about the emotional roller coaster ride the Apostles must have been on. Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, the Friday crucifixion, and then Resurrection Sunday. From the heights of euphoria to the depths of depression – what an emotional swing. But now Jesus was back. He was resurrected from the dead. Imagine spending 40 days with Jesus. This Scripture says He did stuff with them. He ate with them! He presented Himself to them! He convinced them that He was alive with many convincing proofs. He taught them things! Wouldn’t you have loved to be in one of His classes? He spoke to them about the Kingdom of God. He instructed them through the Holy Spirit. I wonder what that was like. He also taught them -Himself.