After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.
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They had known Jesus before His death and again saw Him after His resurrection. Surely, this group of believers was blessed to know Christ personally. I can imagine there would be no other group on earth who would long more passionately for His coming. After all, they had sat and listened to His teaching. They broke bread in fellowship with Him. They experienced the pain of watching Him die and then experienced the pure joy of seeing Him alive again! After He ascended to heaven, they must have thought, "Any day now He will come again for us."
Fast forward 2000 years... and we still wait. While we may never have spoken to Jesus face to face, we continue to go to Him in prayer. While He has not eaten at our dinner tables, we take communion at His. Each day, we stand in the shadow of the cross and what He has done for us, and we long for His return. But waiting is not passive, it's active. Until He comes again, we continue to share the amazing story of God's love for sinners and the death of Christ on our behalf. It's a timeless truth that will ring throughout eternity from today in our world until long after He has come again.
Life Lesson: We should live in the expectation of the return of Jesus.
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