After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. Acts 1:3a
A friend's grandmother passed away this weekend. She's having a hard time convincing her six year old son that great grandma is dead--he thinks she's on vacation in Europe.
Imagine how hard it would be to convince adults that the reverse was true--Jesus ISN'T dead, at least not any more.
I saw him die.
I helped bury him.
Someone must have robbed the grave.
You're an imposter--dead is DEAD.
I wonder, what were the convincing proofs Jesus gave? We know he showed Thomas the nailmarks. He probably continued just being Jesus, healing the sick, bringing sight to the blind, and totally turning over their definition of what the Kingdom really is.
Butthe most convincing testimony was the Holy Spirit...the same Holy Spirit that gives us a glimpse of that other Kingdom, that gives us a mustard seed of faith that blooms and grows.
Jesus isn't on vacation in Europe; he's alive and well!