Now that this world has celebrated the most wonderful day known to man — Resurrection Sunday (also known as Easter Sunday) — one might ask oneself, “Now what?”
Did you know the disciples and others that followed Him asked the very same question?
Prior to the day of His resurrection, was the day that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus and his disciples had their annual celebration meal. After a time of remembering the Passover with a great lamb dinner and all the fixings and a time of fellowship, the disciples, I am sure, wanted the rest of the evening to relax and digest their delicious meal and to meditate on all that was shared during this time of encouraging fellowship.
Yet Jesus began to lead in yet another appointed time of training his disciples for that very question. Now what?
Jesus begins the very lowly and humble task of being a servant by washing their feet, even those of his enemy. Leading by example, Jesus encourages them to wash the feet of their enemies as well, knowing that very soon he will be meeting his own enemies (this is somewhat confusing — lots of use of the word “enemy”).
Never did they expect the chain of horrific events that would follow this intimate time with the Savior.
The very One with whom they ate, fellowshipped with, traveled with, stayed with and lodged with, would be led away in chains to be ridiculed and beaten to a bloody pulp.
On the cross, right before their very eyes, He would be smashed against the cross.
All kinds of emotions filled their hearts such as grief, fear, despair, hopelessness and deep heartache. They lost the very One that they loved!
All kinds of thoughts and and questions filled the disciples’ minds such as: Why did this happen? What will we do? Where will we go?
They were completely devastated with a severity of their broken hearts.
Their whole bodies rocked with emotional ruin.
Would they recover?
How would they recover?
Through revelation knowledge.
In just few days, when the wonderful news was brought to the disciples by the women.
In Luke, the gospel written by the physician, he provides details of the women who came to the tomb bringing spices and herbs, prepared for burial rituals, only to discover the body gone.
Two angels stood by them in shining garments saying, “He is not here, but has risen!”
Christ has risen from the dead just like He promised, for all humanity, in a pardon bought and secured by His blood, in exchange for our forgiveness and everlasting life.
Jesus rose from the grave after three days. Not only did Jesus rise from the grave, but He lingered here on earth after some time appearing to multiple groups of people before rising to His heavenly Father in order to take His seat on the right hand side of the heavenly Father ever making intercession for us.
Not only did He rise from the dead, but He appeared to multiple groups of people on earth before He rose to sit on the right hand side of the heavenly throne.
Jesus completed his work in earth; the next thing for Him to do is take His rightful place next to God and to continue to pray on our behalf.
• Stephen in Act 7:55 saw Jesus Himself standing from a seated position.
• Paul tells us in his letter to the Colossians 1:3- that, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”
Before His ascension, Jesus clearly gives instruction to answer the “now what” question?
Having all authority in heaven and earth Jesus commissions His disciples to share with everyone this simple message: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem - Luke 24:47.
This new job description answered the “now what” question that the disciples had asked and that we have as well.
So now that the family ham dinners have been eaten, all the chocolate bunnies have disappeared, the egg salads and casseroles have been consumed, the leftover boiled eggs fade from the refrigerator and families have dispersed back to their own homes and daily routines, I want to ask you the same question we discussed.
Now what ... are you going to do having the knowledge through reading this article?
Will you be faithful to hear it, let it fade away or share with someone the glorious resurrection and ascension of the world’s Savior and Lord?
Now what are you going to do now that your family has celebrated Easter? Will you let it die or continue to speak of the wonderful news year-round?
Now what will you do once you have received Christ? Will you follow the great commission and become a witness to all the nations?
The Apostle Paul when writing Ephesians 1:17-23 gave a wonderful response to the question “now what,” which has become my prayer for you:
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
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About the author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, serving in various areas. Her primary areas include Bible teacher and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally).
In addition, she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, author, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain.