Where is Your Galilee?

In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.  Acts 1:1-3

Have you ever wondered what Jesus did for the 40 days after he was raised from the dead? Where did he go? What did he do? With whom did he spend his time? And what about the disciples? What were they doing for those 40 days?

We do not know much about the time Jesus spent on earth after the Resurrection. We know that he appeared to his disciples occasionally, that he performed one more miracle that involved Peter and an overflowing catch of fish, that he redeemed Peter’s three-time denial with his three-time question, Do you love me, that he appeared to at least 500 disciples at one time and that he breathed out the Holy Spirit on his apostles and sent them forth into the world before he ascended to sit at the right hand of his Father.

The only other thing we know is that Jesus proved to the disciples in many ways that he was actually alive and he told them about the Kingdom of God.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot help but wonder what that involved, proving that he was actually alive. Maybe that was the eating and the drinking and the intermittent conversations he had with them.

But that means that during the in-between times, when Jesus was not appearing to them or eating with them, the disciples had some of their own work to do in the 40 days following the Resurrection. After all, they will be commissioned and sent out to preach the Good News about Jesus to the ends of the earth. And this time they will go without Jesus. They will have his Holy Spirit, but they will not have the comforting presence of Jesus upon which to rely or hide behind. This time it will be them speaking, it will be them teaching, it will be them stirring up the crowds.

In other words, the disciples will pick up where Jesus left off.

And isn’t that pretty much what we’re all supposed to do if we are followers of Jesus, redeemed by his blood, given new life by his death? Aren’t we supposed to pick up where Jesus left off? Aren’t we supposed to take our lives, our talents, our gifts, our abilities, our dreams and head out into the world and share Jesus?

That will look different for each of us, just like it did for the original disciples, but it is what we’re supposed to do.

a view of my Galilee

one view of my Galilee

Part of the Good  News about Jesus is that he knows us because he created us. Together with God and the Holy Spirit, he formed us in the likeness of himself and formed us in our mothers’ wombs. He doesn’t expect all of us to do the same things, go to the same places or represent him in the same ways.

But he does expect each of us to preach the gospel, to proclaim him, and to use words if we need to. But it is our lives with which we are meant to spread the gospel. How we live. How we treat others. How we speak. How we respond to difficulties and challenges. How we respond to people.

And you know what is really cool about today?

We are only on the second day of the 40 days that follow the Resurrection. If Jesus is beckoning you to follow him, if he is calling you to do big and amazing things (which is every one of us, by the way), then this is a perfect time to prepare to launch out into the world. The perfect time to go and do.

We just finished our journey to Jerusalem with Jesus. Now, we are heading to our Galilees, to work and to wait for him to meet us there. Like Peter and the disciples, we are called to believe, to trust and to meet him in our Galilee. Our Galilee is the place where miracles happen in our daily lives and our work {think nets bursting with fish after nary a fish nibbled all night long} and where we can find relief from the times we’ve denied him with our dreams or our attitudes or our lives {think answering the question, Do you love me? three times}.

Whether we realize it or not, the journey to Jerusalem has prepared us for our trip to Galilee. There are 40 days ahead. What will your 40 days bring to the kingdom? Feel free to share your Galilee journey and big dreams in the comments. Let’s walk the road together for a while.


2 thoughts on “Where is Your Galilee?

  1. As a Christian if this doesn’t fire you up, you need to read it again! 🙂 If you read it again and it still doesn’t fire you up, you might need to make sure you have everything straight with God. 🙂 Another great post!

    • judith heaney says:

      Thank you, Bob, for taking the time to read and leave a comment. I genuinely appreciate your encouraging words and your sharing my posts! I’m glad to know that my words resonate with you.

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