Words not spoken by Jesus: “I’m going to Disneyland!” Although Jesus probably didn’t have a papyrus planner and definitely didn’t have a calendar app, he did have a checklist:
___ catch up with Thomas
___ eat some broiled fish
___ make breakfast for the disciples (bring bread & start fire; disciples will bring fish)
___ forgive Peter
___ offer quick refresher of teachings
___ give disciples The Great Commission
___ Reassure disciples
___ Send Holy Spirit
___ Fly back up to Dad
___ Return briefly to zap Saul
This was a pretty busy schedule, but Jesus was up for the challenge. Coming back from the dead gives one a lot of extra energy! He’d already traveled downstairs to “preach to the imprisoned spirits,” giving everyone who died before he came to Earth the chance to believe; and Easter Sunday was a really busy day. We’re not exactly sure what Jesus was doing over the Easter period, because he kept popping in and out, suddenly appearing behind locked doors, on beaches and roads, sometimes obvious, other times in disguise. But we do know that he seemed to be in a really good mood, except for that last story about Saul, and even that turned out okay.
Perhaps the thing that stands out the most is the incredible faith Jesus demonstrated in humanity. He blessed the people who deserted him, gave a position of authority to one who denied him, sought out a disciple who was apparently out of town on Easter, and finally trusted his greatest enemy (Saul) with his greatest commission. First he died on the cross who people who didn’t deserve it; then he came back to show that there were no hard feelings; then he said, I’m putting you in charge.
He saw the worst in people, but believed in their best; and his trust was rewarded. Most of us are not like this. We don’t give people a lot of chances. We un-like, un-follow and dismiss. We say that “people just ain’t no good.” But what if we actively looked for the good in everyone? (If that sentence sounds familiar, it’s because we sang it in church last month.) Might others be moved more by kindness than condemnation, by grace rather than by grudges? Might the very act of believing in people help make them people worth believing in? Jesus staked all of Christianity on this premise, and humanity came through. Let’s keep this good thing going.