Many say that the Crucifixion was the end of Christ’s ministry, I heartily disagree. It was not the end, but the beginning of His ministry and His Kingdom. And we are called to be His witness. We as believers are known as those who carry out “The Great Commission” just as Ezekiel was instructed so many generations ago!
The Great Commission
(Mark 16:14-20) Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Gods plan to redeem the world didn’t end at the cross with His death. On the contrary it began. The day the world changed, it was a day to offer Gods redeeming grace to all. To open the covenant up to all by the giving of a new covenant. “First to the Jew and then to the Gentile.” Jesus said “I am the Vine.” A covenant that included all who believed and accepted His Son. Many scholars and historians have struggled to understand and some even to disprove Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. To prove it was false started almost immediately with the Sanhedrin. It was with them that the lie that the disciples stole His body came. So all acts to disprove it have only in reality helped to prove it.
Our Lord appeared to not only His disciples but according to scripture, over 500 people at once after His death. (1 Corinthians 15:1-11).
Matthew tells us that at the death of Christ there was an earthquake, and the temple curtain was torn in half, and that the graves burst open and saints long dead had appeared walking about the streets (Matthew 27:51-53) And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples, before He ascended into Heaven. Telling them after they received the Holy Spirit to go and make disciples of all men preaching the good news.
The good news, He’s Alive! The arguing over and twisting of scripture is not the Gospel or good news that Christ wanted to spread. He said keep my commands and spread the gospel making disciples of all. In John 15:9-17 Christ gives clear instruction. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
Jesus accomplished so much at the cross for all of us. He conquered death, gave us the hope of eternal life. If that is not enough He also gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit known as the comforter given to those who repent and follow Him. (Acts 2:33-39) In fact He even told His disciples if He did not go away then the comforter would not be sent (John 16:7-16).
How beautiful are the words Jesus spoke to Martha when her brother Lazarus had died, words we too can take comfort in! (John 11:25,26) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this.
As believers we are no longer of the worlds ministries which many follow, but have been by His holy spirit born into “The ministry of reconciliation”
The Ministry of Reconciliation
(2Corinthians 5:11-18) Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.