An incredible number of people witnessed Jesus being alive, being resurrected, after his crucifixion. While some people today claim that Jesus’s resurrection was an illusion, or a mass hallucination of zealous followers, or a conspiracy on behalf of a select group of disappointed and disgruntled followers who sold a lie to the world for some unspecified reason, the actual accounting of witnesses is astonishing and can’t be reasonably dismissed. This Easter season worship series will examine the record of those people who met, spoke, and even ate with Jesus after he rose from the dead, whether they be the accounts of anywhere from one individual to over five hundred people at one time. Through these seven weeks, we will hear their stories, but more importantly, we will hear the truth about life conquering death through Jesus Christ.
Jesus encountered two of his followers on the road to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. He walked and talked with them, gifting them with a greater understanding of the Scriptures. Still, they did not recognize that it was Jesus until they invited him into their home and broke bread with him. Upon reflection, they realized that their hearts burned within themselves as he spoke to them. When have we encountered Jesus, not known it at the time, but looking back realized that our hearts burned with zeal when it was happening?
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