Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “…in heaven and on earth…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new heart to trust and follow Him as our living King.  But even in the Bible, most of the journey with Jesus is lived in the moments between miracles.  In this 50-day series, we’ll consider some of those moments leading up to the next great miracle in the New Testament:  the fulfillment of Pentecost and the incredible growth of the Church.

 

Yesterday, we noted that Jesus has been given all authority. (Matthew 28:18)  But since He seems to have felt the need to emphasize the extent of that authority, let’s consider that more closely, too.

For different reasons many people often have a fragmented view of three persons of the Trinity.  For example, over heard many convey implicitly and even explicitly that the Father was the God of the Old Testament, Jesus was the God of the New Testament, and the Spirit is the God who is working on His people today. Maybe you’ve heard some speak of the Father as a judge, Jesus as a Savior, and the Spirit as the Force from Star Wars.  I submit that if you recall specific statements by others, you may remember them viewing the Father as ruling in heaven, Jesus serving on earth, and the Spirit living in His people.

Of course, each person of the blessed Triune God has revealed Himself in specific ways in God’s Word, and there do seem to be some trends in what each person does.  But we must remember that each is 100% God is their holiness and power.  When the Lord Jesus said He has all authority in heaven and on earth, that included authority over plans and angels in heaven, rulers and tragedies on earth, and demons below, for now and all time.  The risen Lord Jesus is much more than a risen teacher, healer, or friend to sinners.  He is truly the King of the universe.

So where and with whom has Jesus placed you?  What do you need from Him to serve faithfully, rejoicing in Him where you are?  Read what He commanded and promised in His Word.  Rest in His love that He proved here on earth.  And pray for Him to intervene as your King with all authority for His glory.

But what should we expect?

Yes, the Lord can do anything in heaven and on earth, but what is He doing? With so much suffering around us, what is His good will?  Hebrews 2:7-11 clearly states that He fully rules, yet we don’t see that now.  And the passage tells us His plan: to sanctify (purify) His people through submitting themselves to suffering in faith, just as He lived.

“You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to Him (Jesus), He left nothing outside His control.  At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him.  But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.  That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

He is using all things to mold us into His image of love.

 

I hope today’s thought and others in this series will be helpful to you as you journey with Jesus in the moments between miracles.

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