Date: September 27, 2013 2:18 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Christ's Resurrection
"After his suffering, he showed himself to these men 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)
Scripture Focus: Acts 1:1-15
Luke's summary here of Christ's life and ministry helps us see with new eyes the power of Jesus during those forty days after His death. Not only were the first eye-witnesses convinced of His reality, but Christ's words about God's kingdom inspired their mission together, creating a movement unparalleled to any in history, one which Luke recorded in the next 28 chapters of Acts. In other words, Christ was establishing His new body in them!
Each follower - as with each of us - learned about the Lord's grace through His death on the cross as the word was passed along. Each member of Christ's new body testified of His resurrection and nurtured other Christ-followers, usually in a local community called church, gathering around Scripture, prayer and song. Their corporate lives and shared history paid tribute to the work of the Holy Spirit who has moved in hundreds of thousands of women and men across the ages and continents to follow the living person of Jesus Christ. No wonder it's called Good News!
Insight: Christ continues his ministry - to console, confirm, and commission - in us as His witnesses; together we form his new body on earth.
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