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Lent is over, Good Friday and Easter have now passed. Now what? Revert back to business as usual, back to our spiritual routine?
I’m sure the disciples had some kind of routine when following Jesus for those three years leading up to his crucifixion. Whatever that may have been it all changed Easter morning. Jesus was different. He had a glorified body, and his work for our salvation was over. It would not be business as usual for the disciples because Jesus would no longer be with them in bodily form. They would see him ascend back to where he came—with his Father and the Holy Spirit.
Secondly the disciples would be changed because they would now be filled with the Holy Spirit. Instead of God being with them in the person of Jesus they would have God with them 24/7. That means access to his wisdom, power, discernment and faith, to name a few. No longer would they be moving around as a group but individually or in pairs.
That could be frightening given what just happened to Jesus, however they all faced persecution and death for being his disciple and not once did they flinch. The book of Acts often says the Holy Spirit came upon them, or they were “filled with the Spirit.” It wasn’t the disciple who could do any of the things recorded but the Holy Spirit who lived in them after the ascension. A new routine began with the disciples meeting every day to read the Word, share Jesus’ teaching and celebrate communion. This ongoing practice fortified their faith, solidified their stand and anchored them on the solid and immovable rock of Christ.
Easter has come and gone for yet another year and we should consider how it can change our outlook and attitude. Knowing what is required for salvation, forgiveness and peace with God we should be motivate us to spend time in His Word and gather for worship on a weekly basis. It should motivate us to share the gospel with those outside the Christian church. It should also give us a joy beyond words and confidence to stare darkness in the eye knowing God will not take us into His Church Triumphant before his perfect time. What shall I fear as the Psalmist says, what can men do to me today or to my eternal destination. For God watches over my coming and going, my sleeping and waking hours. There is never a moment that God is not with us.