The Power of a New Resident
The Old Testament saints had the Holy Spirit working WITH them through past generations, but now there was a new possibility of existence, and HE, the Holy Spirit, shall be IN you [John 20:21]. That inner iron that keeps the pressures of the world at bay, not conforming to it in any way, but pressing out and changing attitudes and values that are contrary to the kingdom ethic.
The Power of a New Equipping
The creative force of the trinity was now in residence through the breath of God, so that the quickening became the equipment; and the apostles, witnesses unto Him. The gifting of God became evident for God’s hand in the resurrection and ascension of Christ, changed the bulbs, but not the wattage. The Holy Spirit could not come until Christ was glorified and His resurrection was part of that ennobling process. His resurrection was the prelude to Pentecost and His breath the foretaste. Gifts were now available and He more than willing to bestow them.
The Power of a New Perception
For the promise of God is that when the Holy Spirit comes he shall teach us all things, but especially those things that relate to Christ [John14:26]. As the disciples travelled through the holy land, Jesus was not always with them, His presence being restricted, and any questions they had, had to wait until reunion. But now, the constant companionship of the Spirit enabled them to receive answers at any time and in all situations. Their spiritual eyes became anointed to see the Christ in a new and living way, and the fulfilment of all God’s desire for the nations.
The resurrection brings pleasure
The Gladness of Re‑established Relationship
Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord [John 20:20]. The happy hours of fellowship as they walked and talked in the lanes of Galilee, those responsive moments of debate a spiritual quickening, experienced as the Saviour opened up His life to theirs and unfolded the Father’s plan for time and eternity. They had left all to follow Him and now here He was back again, the one that meant more to them than any other. They had the simple pleasure of talking to Him and shaking His nail scarred hand. We have that happiness through faith, as the Holy Spirit reveals to us His nature in the everyday things of life. There is just a simple joy about being with Jesus.
The Gladness of Kingdom Ministry
Jesus spent forty days between resurrection and ascension teaching of things concerning the kingdom [Acts 1] and such was the teaching that they went into the upper room and did not come out until they were imbued with power. What richness that ministry was as the divine part of Christ’s humanity began to explain the past, the present and the glorious future.
Did not the disciples say “did not our hearts BURN within us as he talked to us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us” [Luke 24:32] there is hardly any pleasure more satisfying than to hear anointed preaching centred on Jesus.
The Gladness of a Continued Commission
The ministry to which the disciples had been called was now re‑instated. When Jesus died their preaching was finished, for He gave substance to their message. In that upper room they found their vision again, and with it the gladness of a commission designed in heaven and authenticated by the Holy Spirit through the power of resurrection. There is hardly any pleasure greater than being wanted by God that through the foolishness of preaching many might be saved.
The resurrection brings praise
The Rejoicing of Victory
As the sadness of the disciples became gladness the Lord met them and commanded them to “rejoice” [Matthew 28:9] and they bowed and worshipped. Satan had been defeated and all his hordes made a show of openly. The terror of the cross turned into triumph, sin forgiven, death finished, and the devil’s power broken. Could any command such as “rejoice” be ignored, in fact how could it not be spoken?
The Rejoicing of His Coming Again
He rose from the dead that he might return to His Father and then come again and put all things in order. The sceptre of His righteousness must reign and be extended in mercy or judgement before the nations. Those who pierced Him shall see Him and bow before that eternal name. Every knee shall bend and all proclaim that he is the Lord. Heaven and earth shall own His name and acclaim for eternity His worth and wonder.