Resurrection or Nothing
The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual I Cor. 15:46
Everything we have in our experience of our existence with Christ hinges on the fact of God stepping down to earth revealing himself through the person of Christ and then showing us that there is a forever by ascending back into heaven. This very fact is what we Christians base our assurance on. Not our experiences, our changes, our emotions. It’s the objective historical fact that this took place and the enormous evidence that proves it.
A turning point in world history loomed. Something was about to happen that would reverberate out of Jerusalem and be felt worldwide. The departure of Jesus from earth was the first explosion the disciples had to experience. The walls of their personal expectations (that Jesus would build a physical kingdom on earth) would finally collapse by His ascension, making way for a flooding entry of the Holy Spirit.
The boiling hopes, the magmatic expectations, and the powerful attachments of the disciples over the last three years were ruptured intentionally by God, leaving a gaping hole of opportunity in them. Soon the floodgates opened, and the Holy Spirit entered and flooded every cavity of their soul with His assurance and anointing for ministry.
That same Holy Spirit was not just the disciples’, but yours and mine. Basing this fact on how we feel at any particular moment defeats the historical evidence that it is true. Our Father has given us the choice to live by feeling or fact.
Thank you that the evidence You have provided us equals that of the disciples. We all have the same advantage.