It must have been remarkable to have been there to see the risen Jesus. More than 500 people had that privilege, according to Paul (1 Corinthians 15). It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like. No wonder that they seem bewildered and didn’t quite know how to respond to him. I guess we would have been the same, had we been there.
According to John, Jesus appeared to his disciples at least 3 times. In all the appearances, His concern was for them – that they have his peace, that they believe, and that they carry on his work.
Remarkable and unique as the fact that Jesus is alive is, the command and commissioning Jesus gave his followers it that we bear witness to him and carry on his work of seeking and saving the lost. The fact that He is alive tells us that his work on the cross to pay the price for sin was effective and accomplished all that He and God planned. It means also that He lives to intercede for us – that right now He is asking God to bring about his good purposes in our lives and in the lives of those we reach out to. It’s a great comfort and impetus for us to live boldly as his ambassadors. We have been entrusted with the wonderful message of forgiveness and new life.
Let’s not withhold that life-giving message – it’s the power of God for salvation for our friends, family, neighbours and whoever He sends us to.