Not the End of the Story

Did you enjoy Easter Sunday? The candy, the company, the church service? I hope you did. Perhaps you spent some time last week reading and thinking about the Triumphal Entry, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the arrest of Jesus, the Crucifixion, and His Resurrection. That’s a lot to consider, isn’t it? Wow, what a way to end Christ’s story.

So that’s it, right? The story ends there. Have a great day! Don’t forget to tip your servers.

Wait a minute…

There’s more! The story doesn’t end there. Sure, the Resurrection is the main point, but there were several supporting details as well. How about Jesus’ walk on the road to Emmaus? What an incredible experience for the two confused disciples (Luke 24:13-35). How about the encounter with “doubting” Thomas? “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it” (John 20:25).

How about the reinstatement of Peter? After denying Christ three times – and certainly overwhelmed with guilt – Peter was told to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Peter was back! And aren’t we blessed for that event?

And who can forget the Ascension of Christ? Luke records this in Acts 1:9-11, yet it was what Jesus said beforehand that should resonate with us all. “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

No, Easter Sunday was not the end of the story. Was the Resurrection the signature event? Yes, but our evangelism and discipleship take shape with what happened in the pages thereafter. The Book of Acts gives us, 2,000 years later, a blueprint for how to convey the message of the church – the very bride of Christ.

In His Name,

Matt

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