Growing up I used to love listening to Paul Harvey. He would come on the radio several times during the day and give the news and tell a story. But he always told the story in pieces or what he called pages. Usually the story would be about someone or something famous but you never knew that until he reveled it at the end. He might tell the back story that not too many people knew about. A Search for Paul Harvey will result in many amusing broadcasts.
I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday and Resurrection Sunday and Spring break. Holy week is well remembered around the world and even those who only go to church for Easter and Christmas know how Jesus was put on trial, beaten, crucified and rose from the dead on the third day. Many may even know that He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.
But I would like to talk about the “Rest of the Easter Story”
After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
Acts 1:3 HCSB
So, perhaps I was the only one who did not know this. It’s possible that I alone thought that the resurrection and the accession happened that same day. Until my eyes were opened and I looked into God’s Word I had many misguided and preconceived ideas. But the truth is that Jesus walked this earth for forty days in a resurrected body – eating and teaching and even preparing meals (Jn 21:4-15). How marvelous that must have been for all of them. To be in the company of the One whom you thought you lost.
Forty Days from resurrection to ascension. Forty days from Passover to Pentecost. Forty days from what seemed an ending to a glorious beginning. Forty days from Peter’s denial to Peter’s Holy Spirit-filled speech and the resulting conversion of 3000 souls!! (see here)
Take away from this whatever you will – there are just so many encouraging things to be learned from this. I see the Love of God and the ability of God to turn anything around.
God can make a way where there seems to be no way –
Trust in Jesus!
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:30-31 KJV
One of Paul Harvey’s best known broadcasts – If I were the Devil – the sound quality is poor but the message is still great – http://nation.foxnews.com/paul-harvey/2012/03/21/1965-if-i-were-devil-warning-nation-paul-harvey