The days between the Resurrection and Ascension are a peculiar narrative to me.
Jesus drop kicked death and beat the hell out of hell for us with His atoning death and resurrection. With the empty tomb, this God Man performs the greatest comeback in human and divine history yet he doesn’t shout it from the templetops or wag his finger before his political adversaries. The Risen King takes an unasumming posture among regular folk.
He didn’t waltz into the temple to gloat in front of the chief priests. He didn’t appear at Pilate’s palace to preach a living gospel message to the disturbed Roman governor. He didn’t invite gawking droves to the Palestinian hillside so they could marvel at his newly restored body. He doesn’t seek a megaphone or a platform.
In short, he didn’t do anything I would have done.
His time is limited to a few more days on earth, yet curiously, he’s in no hurry.
He first appears near his gravesite to comfort a lowly lonely woman.
He appears on a roadside to educate two perplexed pilgrims on the way to Emmaus.
He appears in a private meeting room to encourage a handful of his distressed disciples.
He stops by for breakfast. He eats fish and chips and and drinks coffee with his boys. He chills next to a campfire on a beachhead. He holds conversations, he meets face to face, he tarries with friends. For 40 days he carries on this way.
I’m encouraged: Jesus didn’t reveal himself to royals but to regulars. And in the gospel he crowns the broken regulars with eternal royalty. (1 Peter 2:9)
And in that 40 days of seemingly random encounters: I wonder if Jesus is giving us a hint at what resurrected power looks like in a normal human life. We assume the power given us should be Avenger-esque. Supernatural gifts with a special capacity for healing, demon slaying, water walking, and maybe even laser beams. We’ve put the Holy Spirit’s resurrection power on a mythical unreachable pedestal when it’s reduced to rare manifestations.
But the greatest, most anointed, Superhero who ever died and lived again shows up to restore broken relationships (John 21:15-17), disciple the hopelessly ignorant (Luke 24:13-35), give hope to the deeply grieved (John 20:11-18).
Real resurrected power pours itself into broken vessels with acts of self sacrificial service. It’s not in a hurry. It’s not clamoring for greater numbers or a bigger platform. Resurrection power looks like a normal human being loving on, living with, and being present with other normal human beings.
I’m glad He still comes to and raises up normal folks in Resurrection power.
I’m glad Resurrected normal folks can still share His power with supernatural simplicity.