In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells us that Jesus “presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) We don’t have much first-hand experience with “kingdoms” and royalty to help us internalize this concept – except perhaps Prince Harry and his outreach to 3rd world countries. Years ago I came across this definition: “The Kingdom of God is God’s love at work in us and around us.”
If you had been around after the Resurrection, what would you have asked Jesus? Most scripture passages of those Post-Resurrection days, however, have Jesus asking the questions!
1) Mistaken for a gardener at the empty tomb, Jesus asks Mary Magdalene, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” (John 20:15)
2) Mistaken for a fellow traveler, Jesus asks the disciples on the way to Emmaus, “What are you discussing as you walk? . . . What things?” (Luke 24:17-19)
3) Unrecognized on the shore, Jesus asks the disciples in the boat, “Have you caught any fish?” i.e., “Do you have enough food for breakfast?” (John 21:4)
4) Recognized after the seashore breakfast, Jesus asks Peter, “Simon Peter, do you love me?”
Through those simple, yet profound questions, what does Jesus express regarding “God’s love at work in us and around us”?
1) Compassion and Focus
2) Discernment and Perspective
4) Alignment of the heart.
What question is Jesus asking you? Blessings during these Post-Resurrection Days as you continue responding to God’s love at work within you – and as you share God’s love around you. -Jackie F.