April 15, 2018
At the time of Jesus’ crucifixion and death, the Jews were distraught and confused. They had hoped for a Messiah who would free them from Roman domination and persecution. The disciples were especially distressed and filled with grief. Jesus had died. He was gone. They felt lost. Then, Jesus reappeared to them (and to others as well.) Their disappointments quickly turned into joy. Jesus showed them the scars on his hands and feet, He asked them to share their meal with Him, and then reminded them of the Old Testament prophesies that foretold the events of His life and death. He opened their minds, and they understood. He promised them a baptism of the Holy Spirit and put forth directives to begin a movement to spread the Word to the ends of the earth. A new normal had begun. They knew they had Jesus once more and forever, and their lives would never be the same again. Once their hearts were captured, they had to yield their lives.
MOVEMENTS MOVE! IF YOU ARE NOT MOVING, HAVE YOU REALLY BELIEVED THE MESSAGE?
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