“After his suffering, he presented himself to them 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

After Jesus’ crucifixion, his friends and followers hid, fearful, and overcome by disappointment and grief. They’d lived and worked with him during his ministry, expecting he would eventually overthrow the Roman government and become king. Then, suddenly, he was betrayed, arrested, condemned, and crucified. They couldn’t imagine he might come back to life and walk among them again.

Perhaps the disciples felt abandoned when Jesus returned to his Father. But he had commissioned them to spread the gospel so they didn’t remain on the mountain awaiting his return. Although we have the promise of Jesus’ return, he invites us to join him in what he is doing on earth now, sharing the benefits of life in Christ and the hope of eternity.

All of us are different after we encounter the cross. Although we still experience the fear and doubt Jesus’ followers did after his crucifixion, we know Jesus isn’t still hanging on the cross or lying in a tomb. He is alive and living in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rejoice!