Life – The Days After Easter
What were the days following Jesus’ resurrection like for the first disciples? Jesus had died, and he was dead no longer. Just as He promised, He had overcome death, the last enemy. But, what did it all mean?
Surely, it took time for them to fully comprehend the whirlwind of events that had taken place the previous week. Before He returned to his Father, Jesus helped His followers to realize some of the implications. (Lk. 24:27) His death and resurrection were no deviation in God’s plan. They were the plan. (Lk. 24 :26) God had accepted Jesus’ payment for the sins of His people. Animal sacrifices were no longer necessary. (1 Cor. 15:17) Jesus’ resurrection assured us that those He had redeemed would also receive glorified bodies on the last day. (1 Cor. 15:20)
Jesus died that we might live through Him. He holds out a new way, a resurrected way to live our daily lives. What does resurrected living look like? This kind of living could be described, “It’s living like Jesus would if he were in my place”. That helps us to understand. But, to know the real meaning of what Jesus would do, we have to know a little more about Jesus.
“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” John 5:30
“I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. ” John 8:18
Clearly, Jesus was humble. Certainly, he lived to please God above all else. Commonly, he lived among the people, human flesh walking about the dirt paths with everyone else. Common living created a need to seek to hear God in this “earthly life” … learning from Him. And in humility, seeking to live to please His Father, He ended up living an uncommon life. He died. He was buried. He rose so that we could live past the Easter services, and celebrations. His resurrection power is alive in those who believe.
A somber meal on Maundy Thursday, tears on Good Friday, triumphant majesty on Easter-now what do we do? That’s probably what the disciples were thinking. Quiet, a little lonely, a little apprehensive, a little determined. But Jesus says, “I am with you always.”
That means alongside us when we face the dentist, when we are apprehensive about medical tests, when we lose a loved one, when we have fears for our security, when we lose our temper, when we are cut up by regrets, when we are tactless and say the wrong thing, when we feel other people looking past us and don’t even see us, when someone we love snaps at us …
Jesus says “I am with you always.” Alongside of you.
You see, the Easter message was never intended to be a one Sunday a year event! We are to live out the message of the good news that Jesus was indeed crucified, buried and He rose again on the third day with all power and glory. So this week and the next and the next, continue living out every week as if it were Easter.