Before the Hero of God’s Epic Story went to the cross He told His disciples to “take heart” (John 16:33) because He had overcome the world. Yet, when Jesus suffered, was tried, and crucified it seemed like God had forsaken His Son, forgotten all His promises. The disciples scattered while fear took root in their hearts.
Fast forward to that Sunday when no one could find Jesus, for He had risen from the dead!
The Risen Christ sought out His disciples and reassured them of God’s plan. That while in this world they would face many trials, Jesus was with them — by the presence of the Spirit of God — and would return for them. Indeed they would be better off without Jesus as they live in God’s Epic Story.
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Jesus Appears to the Disciples
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”