“After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3
If you died and came back to life, what would you talk about?
No doubt such an experience would be ‘life changing’ and be a subject for discussion.
Would you describe what you saw? Would you talk of bright lights, voices, seeing people you knew? Would you write a book or make a movie?
Would you have a new sense of purpose and meaning? After all, you must have been brought back for a reason.
These would all be normal reactions to a rather unique experience. Chances are you would not act like it was expected and just continue on like you had been doing before death.
Hopping right back into work. Completing a task. Finishing a story you were telling prior to death.
Yet this seems to be just how Jesus reacted to his own resurrection.
The book of Acts tells the stories of Jesus’ followers after he left them. It tells of the beginning of the new Jesus Way movement.
But the book opens with a curious description of what Jesus was doing after his resurrection. Turns out he was not so amazed. He did not describe what he saw. He did not seek acclaim for having a supernatural experience.
Instead he seems to pick up just where he left off. He continues teaching his followers what he was teaching them prior to his crucifixion.
Jesus treats his own resurrection like it was expected, not a surprise. And it was expected. He predicted it.
He also sees no reason for it to change his focus of teaching people about the kingdom of God.
So for 40 days after his resurrection Jesus continues to teach what it looks like when God is the King of someone’s life and when God’s will is done on earth as in heaven.
And certainly raising His Son from the dead to defeat death and sin was central to God’s kingdom project in the first place.
While we are amazed at the supernatural and special experiences do alter our lives, for one who is focused on their purpose and knows God these events often only confirm what has always been true.
It is the kingdom that Jesus continued to proclaim after his resurrection. Its importance and arrival eclipsed what spectacular (to us) things Jesus might have seen while in the grave.
And so it is the kingdom that I will be blogging about over the next several weeks.
If Jesus spent 40 days talking about the kingdom to his disciples, hopefully I can discipline myself to write for 40 days about the topic that he spoke about the most throughout his life and ministry.
What does it look like when God is king of someone’s life and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven?