Week 14 Devo – WEDNESDAY

Out of the Grave

To be an eyewitness of the resurrected Jesus would have been a surreal experience. Imagine how you would have responded. You might have tried to stick your finger through the holes where the nails had been. Or maybe you would speak with Jesus about His apparent ability to walk through walls.

However you would have opted to act around Jesus, we should take note that He is not some fairy tale. He is not a myth. He is not a fictional character that a group of religious leaders conjured up. In fact, the early believers would have had nothing to gain by pretending these events happened. Rather, it’s a historical fact that He lived, died, rose from the dead, and then appeared to more than 500 eyewitnesses over a 40-day period before ascending to heaven. This is how Luke, both a physician and the author of this book, wanted to set the stage for the rest of the book. He wanted his readers to understand that the book of Acts is a continuation of the Gospels, intended to provide the story of what happened in the lives of the early believers after Jesus’ Ascension to heaven.

How does Jesus’ spending time with His disciples after He arose help you to perceive the Resurrection as a historical fact?

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