After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and spoke with them several times over 40 days –until the time of His ascension to heaven.
Below we shall look at some of these conversations between Jesus and His disciples:
‘And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures’ (Luke 24: 45).
This was one of the encounters between Jesus and His disciples in the evening of the day of Resurrection, according to the story of Luke the evangelist.
According to Luke, Jesus also met His disciples on another occasion during the forty days and told them: ‘tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high’ (Luke 24: 49). Luke repeated the same idea at the beginning of the book of Acts using a different sentence when he wrote: ‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you’ (Acts 1: 8). On both occasions, the reference is to ‘receiving divine power’.
At the time of His ascension, Jesus told the disciples: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28: 19, 20).
From the above divine conversations related to resurrection which were said by our Risen Lord, we will consider 3 points for this year’s message:
1. Understand the Scriptures
2. Receive power from on high
3. Go and make disciple