Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is another time that God has given us to reach so I invite you to consider together the words of life my brethren .
The Bible tells us that when the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to some people, numbering about 500, (1 Corinthians 15: 6), but have you ever wondered why? What more could the 500 people have than all the others until he came out on their own?
It is good to know that this is the nature of Christ, that there are times when He will be seen by all men, but there are also times when He will not be seen by all but the few whom He has chosen, And that is what happened here, one could go and see him if he wished, but immediately after his resurrection, no one could see him, except the One who appeared to him.
And that is why he said to the Jews John 7:34 “Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come”.
Now these 500 people who received the grace to see Jesus after his resurrection, were not the only people who were fortunate enough to have no knowledge of Jesus, or have never followed him or heard of him. to Jerusalem, that is, from one end of the nation of Israel to the other end of Israel.
Acts 13:29 “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people”.
These are the ones who appeared to Jesus the second time, These are the people who walked with Jesus from time immemorial, the people who were talking about Him. For example you will see two people who went to the village of Emmaus after the resurrection of Jesus.(Luke 24:13).
These are the people whom Jesus saw fit to appear to them in another glory later. God always honors God, and God honors those who draw near to God, and God draws near to them (James 4: 8). And one of these was made an apostle to replace Judas.
Now his second appearance to them, it was not just a show. But Christ gave them another gift that made them very different from other people. And the gift itself is to be WITNESSES of JESUS. These are they which have been chosen by God to spread the gospel of Christ into all the world, by the power of the Spirit of God which was poured out upon them.
Acts 10:40 “Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead”.
Read also Acts 2: 31-32
You see If today, we do not want to try to find Jesus, we do not want to study His Word, we do not want to hear about Him, we feel weary, and yet we say we are saved, we know that there are steps we will never reach Jesus.
We will miss the point when we think that knowing Jesus is just salvation, and casting out demons then. We do not know that JESUS IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD Himself .. in whom all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelleth (Colossians 2:9). So much so that when we reach the fullness of knowing Him, then there is nothing on earth we will fail to do, or know. And this is where the devil fights, because he knows the day a person knows Jesus properly then his story ends there.
Ephesians 4:13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”
Therefore let us also show diligence in getting to know him, and let us make his way known to us, just as he did to his apostles and others at the beginning.
But if we be content with the living Jesus which we received him when we were saved , so also he will reveal himself to us as he is, but if we show diligence to seek him, and seek his ways, and he will reveal himself to us in the power of his resurrection, we shall know him as he is, very few people (500). We will be completely different people.
Let’s start with the action.