It’s so good to have Him back.
Oh, he is definitely wearing scars–unpleasant reminders of the epic battle with unseen powers we all saw Him wage just a few days ago.
But those scars seem to carry a message now–undeniable evidence of what we realize He has secured. Ultimate victory over absolute evil. He showed them to me…it took that for me to believe.
He’s exactly the same. He talks to us, laughs with us…and at us! And oh how our hearts burn when He breaks the bread again.
He has always been so much more “there” than anyone we have ever known. He still is.
It seems, nothing about Him has changed. And yet, everything about Him is so very different.
He’s no longer cloaking His power or disguising His true identity. He keeps appearing in inexplicable ways…just showing up without warning.
He speaks often about the Kingdom now. For forty days He’s met with us…over and over again showing us how the Kingdom works and what the Father wants. He is getting us ready.
But ready for what?
I mean, we are still afraid…hiding in darkened rooms and wondering if every footfall foreshadows our sharing His fate.
We’re still confused, reticent, inept and unprepared.
Yet it seems He is commissioning us to take His place–to literally do what He has done. Healing the sick, raising the dead, proclaiming good news, and…making disciples.
Us? We barely know how to be disciples–but he says, we will reproduce ourselves everywhere we go. And go we will.
This simple band of ordinary people struggling to believe and battling for hope, He says we will turn the world upside down.
None of us has even traveled the miniscule breadth of our tiny land but we’re being told we’ll scatter to the winds and carry His life and love to regions we didn’t even know existed.
He trusts us. He believes in us. And He says, He’ll go with us.
So, we’re supposed to wait a while…something–no Someone, is coming.
And just like Jesus, that Someone will make all the difference in the world.
(Reflections on Luke’s words: “After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3, MSG)