I hear and read the Easter story over and over again and even so, I still find some thing new about it each time.
I love the way John portraits Jesus after He was risen from the grave. John goes into great detail. He writes differently. He writes for you and for me: Gentiles.
Remember that Matthew presents Jesus as King. Primarily written for the Jew. (The Royal Genealogy is presented right off the bat.)
Mark presents Jesus as Servant. Primarily written for the Romans. (No genealogy here)
Luke presents Jesus as the perfect Man. Primarily written for the Greeks. (The genealogy goes waaaaay back to Adam.)
John presents Jesus as the Son of God. Right off the bat John takes us right back to the BEGINNING. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
As I have picked up the story in each of the four Books, I have found something very interesting.
**Jesus never appeared to any one except believers AFTER He was risen. He spent 40 days (almost 6 weeks) with them. First appeared to Mary Magdalene. He showed Himself to His disciples. (John 20:17) Jesus tells Mary Magdalene to go to “My brethren”. He prepared breakfast at Galilee for the disciples, He showed Himself to 500 brethren (1 Cor. 15:6) And of course the small group with Him when He ascended into Heaven
Jesus, completed all of the work He had scheduled on the earth. Now he was ascending into Heaven and basically commissioning the group to “go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:18-20)
Jesus had lived amongst them for 3 years. Taught them so much and the Holy Spirit would soon bring to their memories all they needed at the hour of need.
The Christian faith is not national and not race contained. It has no limits. No boundaries. It is for all mankind, everywhere.
Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives is of #1 importance. We are never too good and we are never too bad, but we can be……………TOO LATE!!
Encompassed in the arms of my living Lord! Marge H.
**At the end of John’s writing, he leaves us with this: “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
We do not know every thing that the Lord did after He was risen. We are not told if He mingled with non-believers. It would seem that His preparation for ascending was utmost on His mind and thus, preparing the brethren and the disciples were the two most important items on His agenda.