This guest post was written by Elaine Atchison, who works for Higher Call as a writer, editor and event planner. Elaine authored a three-part special edition of “21 Reflections from Lent to Pentecost” which is available on our website. This is an excerpt from Part II – Restoration. See the link below to download Part III.
Where is Jesus today? For most of us, Easter ends when the last hymn is sung, the last dish is washed or the last egg is hunted. However, Easter is actually a season that lasts fifty days. Have you left Jesus on the cemetery path or the road to Emmaus or in the upper room? We must still trace the last forty days that Christ spent on Earth, plus the “waiting days” after he returned to heaven before the Holy Spirit arrived for a new era in God’s story. As he departed, Jesus promised, “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (Luke 24:35-49).
A Man or a Ghost? Exercising our minds to contemplate Jesus in his glory can be difficult. We are familiar with the idea of the Jesus who was humble and gentle and wept. Would we recognize the exalted Lord Jesus? Soon after rising he traveled incognito to Emmaus. He had a new body, incorruptible and heavenly . . . still recognizably human, but different enough to elude his two friends. He challenged them to open their eyes: “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and enter into his glory?” (1) Later they commented that their hearts had burned within them, but only Jesus could give them the ability to understand all that had just happened.
Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus. Sometime I purposely use “Christ Jesus” to remind myself that The Word has now resumed his former glory and power, though as yet his kingdom has not been fully revealed. “So also it is written, ‘The first Adam became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.” (2) Christ Jesus is working within his image- bearers as the Holy Spirit prepares us to live with him in the glorious Kingdom to come.
(1) Luke 24:16,30-35
(2) 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Christ Jesus, I want to know you as both Jesus and Christ. Will you show me your glory? Thank you for being a life-giving spirit to me. Amen.
“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”
Tim Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
If you would like to download a PDF with seven weekly reflections from Easter to Pentecost, click here (look for Part III–Refreshment).