The most important festival in Christianity is Easter. We often value pre-Easter, but often overlook that it is equally important after Easter.
Act 3:1 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
There are 40 days before Easter and 40 days after Easter.
Forty days before Easter, we deeply meditated on the cross. The cross is redemption, the sacrifice and love of Jesus. Remembering sacrifice is a very important thing. And the resurrection is the dividing point, the stage at a completely different level are opened, just as Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” We become one with the Lord and become a living body.
Someone said after Easter, “It’s finally over!” Many tears and emotions about the love of Lord’s disappeared after Easter. This is not the correct attitude. After Easter, we have to go to Pentecost, and like the disciples of that era, re-meditate the meaning of the resurrection, take over the evangelism commitment given by Jesus, and the command of the Great Commission. On this basis, the disciples greeted the Holy Spirit and started the church and the world mission.
Today, we as a Christians, mean followers of Jesus. We must also follow the same mentality and journey. We are 40 days after Easter, and if we lose this period during the year, we will be very regret.
After Jesus was resurrected, the focus of his disciples was “the kingdom of God.” For the one who was saved, the problem of sin has been resolved, and for them the leftover is the kingdom of God. What is the kingdom of God? It is not about things on earth, but about the justice and goodness of God, the gospel about Jesus Christ, and “may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Wrote in Matthew 5:10.
The salvation of Jesus Christ is completed, for those who are redeemed, we are not going to stop after the resurrection and do nothing, but in John 21, we see Jesus calling and returning to the fishing site again, look for Peter and gave him the power of shepherding. This is the path that Jesus disciples took.
What is the gospel? The story of Jesus Christ, the story of his love, the Son of God came here to love us, born in the manger, serving us, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension, all of which are connotations of the gospel.