Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “This was now the third time…”

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 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.


Jesus is so patient with His people.  I can’t count the times I’ve told my children something to the effect of, “I should only have to say this once…”   Aren’t you glad the Lord is more ommitted than we are?

He’d already appeared to a group of the disciples while they were hiding from the Jews in a locked room, told them He was sending them with the gospel, and blessed them with the Holy Spirit.  He even came back when Thomas was with them eight days later and they were still in a locked room.  Now they were out fishing, possibly indicating that they were going back to their old lives.  If that’s the case, if you or I had been the Lord, we might have appeared right in the boat and scolded them.  Or maybe we would’ve looked for other disciples who were showing more faith and zeal.

But that’s not what Jesus did.

If the Lord tells us to forgive seventy times seven, how many times will He come to His people?  As often as it takes for us to trust Him and follow Him.

If you love the Lord but feel alone, know that He is seeking you.  He speaks to us in His Word; He ordains specific circumstances in our lives to care for us and to discipline us; He sends other brothers and sisters in Christ to us; His Spirit works with His Word to teach us, encourage us, convict us, and bring us closer to Him.

Jesus never gives up on His people.


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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10435502_855049431182935_4536762765713190951_nUnless otherwise indicated, Jeff Dillard is the author of all posts in this blog, the goal of which is your greater joy in Christ through leadership and counseling.  Jeff and his wife, Lauren, have been married since 1995.  By God’s grace, they have four wonderful children and two grandchildren.  Jeff was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America and commissioned as an Army Chaplain in 1998.  He has Master’s degrees in Divinity, History, and Counseling.  Since 1998, he’s had the privilege of equipping and encouraging others’ faith and service to the Lord Jesus by leading congregations and counseling in multicultural settings across the United States.  Seven of those years have been in Germany, Korea, and Iraq.  For leisure, Jeff enjoys simple time with his family, exercise, playing guitar and trumpet, and trying foreign foods with friends.

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