"Happy Easter!” is our constant reminder that Jesus Christ came to save us died on the Cross of Calvary. He was raised from the dead three days later and He walked out of a borrowed tomb (Jn. 19:41). 2,013 years later, Jesus still lives. He is God in the Flesh (Jn. 1:14). Jesus, who was raised physically from the dead, startled and frightened His disciples who mistakenly thought that He was a spirit or ghost. He explained that "a spirit (pneuma) has not flesh and bones as you see that I have" and invited them to touch Him. He took a piece of broiled fish and ate it (Lk. 24:39-42). It’s one thing for Jesus to talk about being raised from the dead but it was another thing for Him to actually do so. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene at (Jn. 2:11:18), to Cephas (Peter), to the twelve disciples, to more than 500 brethren at one time, to James, to all the apostles and to Paul (1 Cor. 15:1-9). History has been marked where Jesus appeared physically from the dead to call people to follow Him.
Ernest Gordon, who became a Christian in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and later Chaplain at Princeton University, described in his book, "The Fact of Miracle" people whom Jesus had visited in the flesh and were serving Him. Peter Marshall, the former Chaplain to the USA Senate, met Jesus one night on the moors of Scotland and called him into ministry. I reminded myself every Easter of that crucial night in my life when Jesus visited me in my bedroom. He asked me, "I want you to come and work for me. I want you to become a fisher of men. And if you will come and work for me, I will supply all your needs according to my riches in glory."
For those who have not met Him physically, He wants us all to have the proof of His Resurrection and of ours to come by Baptizing all of us with the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:5) with the "Signs Following” (Mk. 16:17-20) just as He did with the first 120 people in the Upper Room. As Paul writes, "In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory" (Eph. 1:13-14).
We all must have our "Personal Day of Pentecost” with the same proof as those received in the Upper Room. Peter explained that, "God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34; 11:15). The only people who cannot receive the Holy Spirit (with the evidence of speaking in tongues) are those who do not want to. Paul pointed this out when he referred to unbelievers (apistoi) and those who were not full-fledged Christians (idiotai) (1 Cor. 14:23) who wanted salvation without the authentic Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The greatest Easter Gifts are Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit so you can be an authentic full-fledged believer doing the "works of Jesus” (Jn. 14:12). If you would like to receive them come to one of our meetings or contact me.
Yours in Jesus,
© GWEA, 2013