Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed for 40 days. The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. AsContinue reading “Sunday Morning 1/10: Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came”
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples over a 40-day period. At one point, He appeared to more than 500 people. During that time, Jesus taught about the kingdom of God. Some of them wondered if Jesus was finally going to overthrow the Roman government and set up His kingdom on earth.Continue reading “Sunday Morning 1/3: Unit 27, Session 4: Jesus Returned to Heaven”
The disciples were devastated that Jesus had died. They believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but they had abandoned Him and Jesus was killed. How could He save anyone if He was dead? But now some people were reporting that Jesus was alive! Was it true? The disciples were talking about these things when JesusContinue reading “Sunday Morning 12/27: Unit 27, Session 3: Jesus Appeared to the Disciples”
Jesus’ death and resurrection should not have surprised the disciples. Sometimes Jesus spoke metaphorically about His death and resurrection. (See Matt. 12:39; Mark 14:58; John 2:19; 3:14-15.) Other times, Jesus plainly told the disciples that He would be betrayed, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day. (Matt. 17:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22) In fact,Continue reading “Sunday Morning 12/13: Unit 27, Session 2: The Emmaus Disciples”
The time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning must have been dark hours for Jesus’ disciples. Fear, doubt, and confusion certainly overwhelmed their thoughts. Jesus, their Lord, was dead. He had been unjustly arrested, falsely accused, and severely beaten. Even worse, He had been killed in a horrible manner: by crucifixion. The story doesn’t endContinue reading “Sunday Morning 12/6: Unit 27, Session 1: Jesus’ Resurrection”
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