Since Easter just passed, I thought it would only be right if I wrote a piece relating to this wonderful event where Jesus the Christ died on the cross, resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven. Surely if this event did not take place, Christendom would not exist. My interest all started in an apartment in Cal Poly Pomona. My buddy and I were watching a program on the History channel (I love this channel) about the 40 days after Jesus resurrected. The questions asked were What did he do during these 40 days and why did he do it? Although it was very interesting, I was extremely tired and went to sleep.
When I got back home, I decided to do some research by reading through the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But before I did that, I identified where it states that Jesus spent 40 says on earth between his resurrection and ascension. It is in Acts chapter 1 verse 3. Check it out.
In all four gospels the resurrection starts with the Mary’s. They go to the tomb, finds it empty, and talks to Jesus or an angel. They are told to tell Peter and the others. In both Matthew and Mark, Jesus tells the disciples that “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given” to him and therefore they should make disciples of all nations, baptizing them. Jesus also opened the minds of his apostles to the gospel and the scriptures allowing them to have full understanding of God’s teachings.
The rest of the time Jesus spent time with his disciples performing many miracles such as showing Thomas his scars and allowing Peter to catch an incredible amount of fish.
By far the most touching part of my reading was found in the end of the Gospel of John. As Jesus was eating with Peter, he asked Peter if he loved him three times as if to pardon Peter for denying him during the crucifixion. Jesus not only forgives him but tells Peter to feed his sheep, to be a shepherd of his people.
So why did Jesus do all this? According to John 20:30-31, these things were written so that people (including us) might believe! John also states that Jesus did many more miracles during that 40 days but it will fill up the whole earth just to write about them. Jesus spent his last days on off proving to those around him that he is God and to tell the good news of his resurrection so that all who might believe will be saved by sin.
Sorry I am too lazy to link you to the direct passages, so check it out! Or just take my word for it.