The Day After the Resurrection

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On the Monday after Easter when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, I like to take a moment to think about how it must have been for Him.   What was it like for Him to see the sunrise in a resurrected body, through resurrected eyes?

Eyes that held ancient eternity and recent humanity.

In a body that bore the sin of the world and conquered death.

Now He would walk on the road and walk thru walls.

His work on the cross was finished but His relationship revolution with humanity had just begun.

He showed His disciples His nail-scarred hands. He walked and talked with them on the road to Emmaus.

He fixed breakfast on the beach and ate with them.

His earthly mission was finished but the co-mission through His followers was just beginning.

“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 MSG

Q. What happened after the Resurrection?

A. The Great Commission

Go and let nothing stop you.

Take A Hike

  

“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions.” ( Matthew 5:1-2 MSG)

Sometimes Jesus calls you to climb a mountain with Him. He draws you away from the noise of life to an isolated, quiet place. A place that you can hear Him clearly with no distractions. A can feel like a lonely place but know that God has brought you there to get your attention. He wants to show you something. Something powerful that will transform your loneliness to fruitfulness and your aimless wandering to guided,thriving, abundant life.

I don’t love hiking (a.k.a. climbing a mountain) but truthfully, the pros outweigh the cons:

• It forces me out of my comfort zone

• I get to see things I have never seen before

• It causes muscles to form that I never knew existed

• My breathing capacity is expanded and heart is strengthened

Jesus loved crowds. He taught them, healed them and fed them. However, the teaching He was about to give was not for the crowds, it was for the climbers.

When Jesus calls you to climb with Him, you can bet that it is for your benefit. You can also bet that it isn’t going to be easy. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. When Jesus calls you to climb higher it is to make you stronger. 

If you are feeling lost in the crowd, maybe it is because you don’t belong there. You belong with Jesus and He is calling you to step out of the crowd and go higher with Him.

What you learn on the mount with Jesus will change your life in valley. 

Leave the crowd behind and take a hilke with Jesus. It will stretch you. It will challenge you. It will change your perspective. It will expand your heart and there is nothing like it. 

Climb