After his suffering, Jesus presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God, Acts 1:3.
Without the resurrection, followers of Jesus would have disbanded, fearful of the same fate Jesus endured. However, common sense, logic and eyewitness accounts of a risen Jesus weeks after his death suggest the disciples were emboldened. When the Holy Spirit fell upon these individuals on the Day of Pentecost, this guiding light and mighty counselor laid the foundation for the modern Christian church to build upon.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them, Acts 2:4.
Unfortunately, revisionist historians, time and persecution have caused many churches to disown parts of the Bible like Peter who denied his association with Jesus. As atheistic and liberal groups turn up the heat, believers are abandoning their convictions, trying to please mankind rather than God. Afraid of having their tax exempt status revoked, recent trials are producing a generation of wimpy Christians. Although some are fighting on the front line, many are disenfranchised, floating from one house of worship to another.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ, Galatians 1:10.
Struggling to find my place in this world, one question is staring me in the face, “what I am suppose to do now?” Although writing this blog is a good start, its independent of any church. Thus, the church is not failing; its servants like me who are sitting on the sidelines playing Monday Morning Quarterback. In view of this, I need to get off the bench, exercise my spiritual gifts and get back in the game. Join me in flaming into flame the gifts and talents God has blessed you with.
by Jay Mankus