Sadness Turns to Gladness
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Grief stricken, eleven Apostles of Jesus and the rest pondered past recent events. Suddenly, One took a stand among them. “Peace be to you!” He said. Luke 24:36 Ampl.
Startled and terrified, they thought that they had in their presence a spirit. Was it a spirit? Not as though they had not seen enough horror recently in Jerusalem, now this! What had been the horror?
Their Companion had been nailed to a wooden cross with arms outstretched. Nails were driven in His hands and feet. The cross was planted then in the earth between two thieves. He was ridiculed.
“...About the sixth hour...darkness enveloped the whole land and earth until the ninth hour...and the curtain of the temple was torn in two”...With a loud voice, “He cried out, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!’” He died. Luke 23:44-46 Ampl.
He was buried and three days later at His empty tomb some heard, “He is not here: He has risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:6 Ampl.
Now when these ones, assembled there in the city, got this report from some in their midst, they didn’t believe He was alive, but He had told them prior. (Matthew 17:22-23 Ampl.)
They listened on to the visitor. “Why are you disturbed and troubled,... See My hands and My feet that it is I Myself! Feel and handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”
Seeing still their unbelief, He asked, “Have you anything here to eat?”
“They gave Him a piece of broiled fish…He took [it] and ate [it] before them.”
“Then He thoroughly opened up their minds to understand the scriptures.” Luke 24:38-45 Ampl.
Joy flowed! They saw His body alive. They saw it with their own eyes, Jesus alive!
His friends personal time soon ended for awhile. A cloud received Him later, when out near Bethany, up into heaven.
“And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them, who said,…This same Jesus…will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11 Ampl.
Looking at the pretty trees, hearing the birds sing, and gazing at the sky, is there further Word?
Jesus said, “You also must be ready therefore, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Matthew 24:44 Ampl.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
The Apostles looked at the visitor and listened and found joy. This is still available to all.
“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth...” Isaiah 45:22
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16