It Has Happened As He Said

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And so, it all came true, just as He said. He was betrayed, mocked, beaten, taunted, humiliated and crucified. Even though many had heard Him say this would happen, I suspect there were more than a few who were still shocked at the happenings they had witnessed.

 

How many of them felt anguish at what they had seen?

 

How many of them had felt sorrow over their response to Him?

 

Then, just as He said, in the early morning of the first day of the week, He was missing from the tomb and alive once more. He was back and yet not the same and not permanently. Even those closest to Him did not immediately recognize Him.

 

For forty days He will walk the earth and be seen by those who will then bear witness that He is indeed alive. Then, He ascends into heaven. How they must have longed for Him to stay.

 

Those who had followed Him were not leaders, not scholars. They were common people. He had taught them so much, but how much had they understood? How much had been woven into the fabric of their hearts?

 

Despite all that He had said, it would have been easy for some to think this was the end of it all. For some, He had again not met their expectations or hopes.

 

I think so often how much you and I are like them. When our expectations and hopes in Him are disappointed, it can be so easy to doubt, to turn away, to give in to our self-pity, and to give up on trusting Him no matter what.

 

He had promised them He was sending them a Helper, but I cannot help but think they could not have known what that meant. What would happen in the Upper Room had never happened before. They had no frame of reference, but from this ragtag group of followers, one hundred twenty would obey in this and wait in that room for what would come next.

 

They would discover that what they had witnessed was not the end. It was not even the beginning of the end. It was the beginning of the power of His life and ministry that would fill each of them in such a way that His message would spread across the entire world. Despite persecution, despite all obstacles, it would continue to spread and go on living to the present moment.

 

You and I are still a part of that “going on” in this present hour.

 

 We have celebrated Easter, but what now?

 

Do we recognize that He has placed the path before us and entrusted that we would continue to spread the Good News?

 

It can be easy for any one of us to listen or read the story and think of it as a scene from “back there” and fail to realize it is still ongoing and if you and I are alive today, each of us who call Him Lord has been given a role to play.

 

Yes, He could do it without us, but He has chosen to invite us to participate with Him.

 

Each of His disciples had a different path. We, His current disciples each have a different path.

 

Are we listening?

 

Have we responded and if so, how?

 

They walked with Him, but we live by and through Him. They saw Him ascend to His Father. We may yet see Him return to the same Mount of Olives from which He ascended.

 

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35 thoughts on “It Has Happened As He Said

  1. “Yes, He could do it without us, but He has chosen to invite us to participate with Him.”

    Love this! He also promised to be with us each step of the way, empowering and equipping us by the Holy Spirit.

    Thanks for sharing at The Loft!

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  2. So thankful that HE did send a helper! Praise YOU, JESUS! Our pastor shared Sunday about the significance of the 40 days after the resurrection. Thank you for sharing.

    Bless you, sister.

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  3. So good. I often think if I was back then and in that situation would I be one that believed? I hope that I would be. It was definitely out of the ordinary and not what they expected and yet how amazing would it be to experience that.

    Yes we carry it on and keep telling that story that is still true for us today!
    Thank you for this reminder! Great to connect with you today! (Your neighbor at Holly’s place!)

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  4. Beautiful and encouraging and challenging post! What an absolute privilege that He not only allows us but also equips us to be a part of His plan! This year, I’m feeling the pul to celebrate daily the resurrection, and not just save that joy for Easter Sunday!

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  5. Pam,

    It’s one thing to read about the death and resurrection of Christ but another to put yourself in the disciples shoes and try to feel what they felt. This is our Savior. This is our story for today. For now. And it’s pretty awesome.

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    1. Truly, Christy! It often helps me to put myself in a story I am reading in the Bible. It deepens my appreciation, often convicts me, and certainly humbles me as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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