What Will You Do the Day After the Resurrection?
To Christians, Easter is the holiest of the holy days. We celebrate the fulfillment of God’s will through the life and death of Christ. It’s a time for Christians to come together to celebrate God’s liberating grace. But what happens after the celebration? What will you do after the resurrection? Because of the resurrection, we can finally say that we know Jesus and not just know about him. But what do we do the day after the celebration?
After the resurrection, the disciples were confused as to what was really going on. Their teacher, who promised them eternal life, died, only to disappear from his tomb. What should they be doing now?
What a lot of good Christians forget is that the disciples didn’t even know about the resurrection:
“For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead” (John 20:9)
Knowing this, I imagine many of them felt hopeless and lost. Here they are, flat broke. Their leader, dead. They are the poorest of poor, completely dependent upon Jesus to provide not only for their spiritual needs but their economic needs as well. The disciples had every reason to give up and go back to being fisherman and tax collectors – except for one thing. There was no proof that Jesus was dead. They saw him die and even laid him in his tomb, but there still wasn’t any proof that he was dead because his body was gone.
“They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him” (John 20:2, 13)
So what did the disciples do after the resurrection? We know one thing they didn’t do. They certainly didn’t lose faith entirely because not too long after the resurrection the Holy Spirit came upon them on the day of Pentecost – the event that officially established the Christian church on earth.
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
So, what can we learn from the disciples?
Patience and perseverance.
Those of us who commit to making life changes to better serve God and our community are not unlike the disciples after the resurrection. We feel anxious because we know we have to change something that we partly feel like we don’t want to change. Yet, we have that smidgen of faith that allows us to see and sometimes somewhat believe that Jesus’ promise to be there for us will always hold true.
So the question becomes what will you do the day after the resurrection? What will you do when you’ve declared that Jesus gives you victory over those things you feel convicted to change?
The disciples had to wait over a month after the resurrection until the Holy Spirit came to comfort and guide them. Unlike them, we have the Spirit to guide and comfort us now. So what’s our excuse? If the Spirit is essential to our overcoming the evil in our lives and the disciples didn’t have the Spirit in the time leading up to Pentecost, and they continued to work out the teachings of Jesus up to that point, what kind of excuse do we have that justifies our claim that Christ has power over those things we know we need to change?
What will you do with the day after the resurrection? Will you wake up the next morning and ignore the commitment you made to God the day before, or will you harness the power of the Spirit by taking a step of faith? God sometimes works on fixing your problems after you’ve taken a few steps of faith.
The celebration day has ended. The resurrection gives us power over sin. Prove to the world and Christ that you believe. Put the power of the resurrection in action on the 4th day. On the 3rd day, Jesus rose from the dead. On the 4th day, the disciples put the power of the resurrection in action. And as disciples, we are to do the same. JC