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40 Days After The Resurrection (8 of 10)
Series: 40 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
November 6, 2002
Today I want you to turn to Acts 1. We're going to begin in verse 1. You know, we've been talking about this period of time of 40 days. The last two Wednesday nights we've been talking about the experience that Jesus had with his disciples after the resurrection. I don't know how much you have wondered about what Jesus did with his disciples during the 40 days between his resurrection and his ascension. After Jesus arose from the dead he didn't go immediately back to the Father. He hung around for 40 days. He hung out with his disciples for 40 days. What do you suppose he did with his disciples?Well, there are two three things that he did. We know that he gave them comfort. He appeared in the Upper Room to them and he said, "Peace be unto you." We looked at that passage a couple of Wednesday nights ago and saw how the presence of Jesus brings peace, how these disciples were disturbed, discouraged. And yet when Jesus appeared to them he restored peace to their lives. We know that Jesus spent time comforting these disciples. We know Jesus spent time commissioning these disciples. On five different occasions Jesus gave them their job. He gave them their task that they were to do.
Last week we looked at the task out of John 20. He said to them, "As the Father has sent me, even so send I you." But you know another thing that Jesus did in those 40 days is that he not only comforted his disciples and commissioned his disciples, but he convinced his disciples. He convinced them that he was alive forevermore. Now their message was going to be that Jesus was alive from the dead, that he was crucified for the sins of the world, that he had been buried, and that he had risen again from the dead. And so they had to be convinced that Jesus was alive from the dead. So Jesus spent that time. Now, Luke, who wrote the gospel of Luke also wrote the book of Acts. Luke was a companion of the apostle Paul. He became the personal physician of the apostle Paul. In the first verse he refers to the gospel of Luke when he says, "The former treatise have I written unto you O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and to teach." How "after his passion he showed himself to be alive" to his disciples, or apostles "by many infallible proofs." Have you ever noticed that phrase "many infallible proofs"?
We know the word infallible means without error. It means without mistake. It means without doubt. We know that Dr. Luke is saying that Jesus convinced his disciples beyond any shadow of a doubt with infallible evidence, with indisputable, undeniable evidence that he had risen from the dead, that he was alive forevermore. What other message would cause them to have such courage? What other message would transform their life other than that Jesus had conquered death, hell and the grave? What other message would cau ...
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