by: Steve Perkins
It is consistent with the Biblical narrative to contend Jesus spent as much time as He could with the people He loved and to whom He was entrusting the course of world history. I envision the disciples having a host of ‘aha!’ moments as Jesus provided them deeper insight into all He taught and revealed to them all they were going to be doing in light of His death and resurrection.
Christ’s final days with them transformed them from disciples (followers) to apostles (emissaries), from quivering in fear for their lives on Easter night to becoming the bold, fearless, and passionate band of brothers willing to die the most violent deaths in defense of the gospel.
I imagine these forty days were spectacularly intense. I imagine when Jesus wanted to break and toss the football or shoot hoops, the guys just begged Him to keep on going. Intimacy with Jesus through prayer, study, worship and serving does stuff like that. It excites you; it motivates you to live with a purpose beyond possessions, to love with a heart for the heavenly and to stand in awe of what God can accomplish when you live in eternity today.
See You Sunday!
Tim Niekerk, Senior Pastor