The resurrection of Jesus is just a beginning of the adventure to unfold through the spreading of the kingdom in the book of Acts and following through until today. After Easter, what then? We have focused on the events leading up to the cross, Jesus’ time in the garden, His death on the cross, and the resurrection. Jesus is alive! Awesome – but what now?
Do you ever wonder what the disciples were thinking the first night as they lay in bed, trying to sleep, but wondering about their vision of the risen Jesus?
*Did we imagine that?
*Is anyone going to believe this?
*Will we see Him tomorrow?
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. ~Acts 1:3
If the original program was called Jesus, this is the time to RE-Jesus their lives! And ours! How can we renew the place of Jesus in our lives? Let’s look at the end of each gospel and draw some thoughts from those texts.
MATTHEW: JESUS IS OUR MISSION (Matthew 28:16-20). The eleven disciples go to Galilee as instructed. They see Jesus and worship him. Some doubted, but Jesus proclaimed authority. Jesus speaks from a position of authority, giving three clear instructions.
*Go Make Disciples
*Baptize Disciples (in name of Father, Son, Spirit)
*Teach Disciples what I command you
The mission of Jesus is not one that we pursue alone – He is always with us – never leaves us. RE-JESUS: Jesus is our mission.
MARK: JESUS IS OUR AMBITION (Mark 16:6-8). Mark is a bit more difficult because of a disputed ending. The earliest manuscripts end mark at verse 8. That’s an abrupt ending, but Mark is an abrupt book – chronicling the travels and teachings of Jesus in brief accounts. Mark joins the other gospel writers in not reflecting on the resurrection. I think if the original ending is in verse 8 we are meant to seek more about this resurrected Son of God after reading – Jesus is to be our ambition.
Jesus is our ambition. Jesus is to be sought in every area of our lives.
*In our prayers – by His authority and in His name
*In our decisions – seeking to have the fruit of the Spirit, which Jesus lived perfectly
*In our devotion – staying with Jesus even when we face our own Golgothas
*In our mission – spreading the news about Him in every way we can
* In our families and among our friends
The Risen Jesus cannot be marginalized and remain Lord.
LUKE: JESUS IS OUR PEACE (Luke 24:33-51). Luke ends with Jesus miraculously coming to stand among the disciples with his initial message: Peace be with you (24:36). Though they are afraid and doubtful Jesus points to his hands and feet. Interestingly Jesus asks for something to eat and they gave him broiled fish and he ate it in their presence. (to prove he wasn’t a ghost?)
In vs. 44-49 we are led to wonder what a blessing it would be to have the mind opened by the Messiah and taught from the Risen Son of God! He refers them to prophecy, psalms, Moses … the Hebrew scriptures. He tells them that they are His witnesses and to spread the news everywhere. Important: vs. 49 but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. This is the account of the ascension (vs. 50-51) – which is also the beginning of Acts. After seeing Jesus ascend, there is worship, joy, praise and ongoing celebration among Christians vs. 52-53.
Jesus is our Peace, our Shalom
*We find peace as we remember that Jesus identifies with us (eats fish/ shows wounds)
*We find peace as we search the Scriptures, letting Him teach us
*We find peace as we remember Spiritual power comes from Him
*We find peace as we watch for His return, just as he left.
*We find peace in Worship, Joy, Praise
JOHN: JESUS IS OUR ANCHOR. John ends his gospel with the restoration of Peter (John 21:16ff). He asks three times, “Do you love me” then assigns him to “take care of my sheep.” He tells Peter how he will die and refers to it as “the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.” Peter is restored and exhibits some of the same characteristics, mainly blurting out his thoughts before considering them!
There is a well known statement in vs. 25:
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Jesus is our anchor. Restoring our place after our miss-steps and sin. Restoring our confidence that He knows our lives intimately and will be with us wherever they lead. Restoring our vision of Jesus as One whom all the books of the world could not reveal, He is worthy of our praise and devotion.
We should allow the Resurrection season to encourage us to re-boot our lives and RE- Jesus our perspective! In what ways will you seek to renew your commitment and inclusion of Christ in your life this week?
Thanks for reading!
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ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church ($9.99)