Happy, blessed Monday!
Easter is over but it didn’t just end there. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended to Heaven until He comes back for His bride!
What happened during those forty days? We are talking about Jesus, so we know He wasn’t sitting around twiddling His thumbs. Even after all He had been through, there was still work to be done.
His followers must have had so many questions. Even though Jesus had been preparing them for what was coming, that must have been very hard to think about. During those post resurrection days, He gave them direction. He loved them, just as loves us now. He fostered relationships with His followers and with others. He gave comfort. He provided redemption, think Peter. He instructed and impowered, not just for the disciples, but a lasting instruction and empowerment that continues for us, even today.
Jesus died, arose and ascended to Heaven but He remains with us through the Holy Spirit every day! So much happened after Easter.
What happened after Easter? -You Version
How Did Jesus Spend His Time?
2,000 years ago, Jesus conquered death forever. The stone was rolled away from the empty tomb, and we were given new life in Christ.
But what happened next?
Discover five things Jesus did after His resurrection—and what they mean for us today:
- Jesus showed up.
Jesus spent 40 days on earth after His resurrection. During this time, He eased His followers’ doubts and gave them direction for the future.
Jesus didn’t shout His love from heaven. He showed His love on earth. Today He does the same, by bending low to hear our cries and heal our hearts.
- Jesus modeled community.
From breaking bread on the road to Emmaus, to having breakfast on the beach with His disciples, we see Jesus make time for relationships.
Jesus was never too busy to stop and show He cared. As His followers, we’re called to intentionally serve people in our families, workplaces, and cities.
- Jesus comforted the broken.
When Jesus came back, He wasn’t frustrated that His disciples hadn’t understood His plan. He met them in their uncertainty and fear instead.
Jesus consoled the woman weeping at the empty tomb. He eased Thomas’ doubts. He spoke words of life and peace.
Today, our Savior still has grace for our questions and confusion. He still draws near when our hearts are broken.
- Jesus redeemed mistakes.
Before the crucifixion, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Later, we see Jesus restore Peter by asking Him three times if he loves Him, and instructing Peter to care for His flock.
Even though Peter stumbled in his faith, it didn’t cancel his identity in Christ.
In the same way, we can trust that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.
- Jesus instructed and empowered.
Right before Jesus ascended into heaven, He told His followers to “go and make disciples of every nation.”
With these instructions, we’re called to live every day with intentionality, looking for opportunities to share the Gospel.
It’s our job to show people what it means to know God and to make Him known.
Easter might be over, but what it means for us matters all year long.
Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we’re able to access God’s grace, presence, and reassurance like never before.