The Passed Over 40 Days
Right around Passover, in a conversation I was part of, someone said that for forty days after Passover and before Pentecost Jesus visited people.
That phrase caught my attention and I started studying the Bible about that time period, reading in Acts as well as at the ends of the Gospels.
I came to the conclusion that we are in an amazing, but very overlooked and neglected (dare I say dismissed?), time on God’s calendar. It is the time of Jesus visiting us.
For Christians, the excitement of celebrating the Resurrection is over, for Jews, the remembrance of their deliverance from slavery. Most Evangelical Christians are not highly aware, in any meaningful way, of Pentecost much less Shavuot, and even less of the 50 days in between Easter and Pentecost.
It seems there is a lull in the Christian calendar.
But I challenge that notion. We might be in one of the most significant times of the year, bookended by two of the most important holy days.
Subtle and Spectacular
After His Resurrection and before His Ascension, Jesus “appeared alive many times to these […] apostles over a forty-day period. Jesus proved to them with many convincing signs that he had been resurrected. During these encounters, he taught them the truths of God’s kingdom realm and shared meals with them.” Acts 1: 3-4 TPT Click To Tweet
If you are like me, you might have missed (until now) this 40-day spiritual detail. Or perhaps haven’t had it highlighted to you. Maybe you have skipped over it (like me) as you read in the hurry to get to the rest of the “good stuff” after the Resurrection—the baptism by the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost/Shavuot of the disciples in the upper room.
I now believe that this is a very noteworthy time in Scripture, and on the calendar, that merits our consideration and applies to our lives today, just as much as the two events that bookend it—the Resurrection and the Upper Room.
During that time Jesus appeared to people in both subtle ways (e.g. the Road to Emmaus, where He was so subtle that they didn’t even recognize him) and spectacular ways (walking through walls into the room where the disciples were, where they ALL recognized Him). Peter says in Acts 10 that Jesus even ate and drank wine with them!
I think that Jesus especially wants to hang out with us, too, during this time.
We might miss Him though if we are not attentive. His appearances might be subtle, like on the road to Emmaus. They might also be spectacular, or miraculous.
Don’t Miss Him!
There is a myriad of ways He can show up during this time to teach us the truths of God’s kingdom realm, fellowship with us, relieve our fears, prepare us for the coming empowerment. We might miss the convincing signs He gives us because we are not looking for Him during this time that has been overlooked, or dismissed, as insignificant.
God doesn’t have insignificant days on His calendar, and the 50 days between Passover and Pentecost are certainly not.
We have entered the days, now, between the Ascension and the Upper Room. The 10 days the disciples gathered, prayed, interceded and waited as Jesus instructed.
Perhaps we should also pray, wait, and gather together in prayer and intercession corporately during this time, certainly individually. Part of that, for me, will be a reflection on the many ways Jesus may have visited me during these last 40 days—both the subtle and the spectacular.
Join me in asking yourself, “What has Jesus taught me, in any way, about the truths of God’s kingdom (which, as He spoke of in Luke 17, is expanding WITHIN you)? What has He shared with me that has fed me, given me strength during this time? How has He visited me—even in ways I may have missed as being Him? Which doubts or fears has He exorcised? What love for Him has He stirred in me like He did for Peter?” Then, let these things prepare you for a fresh infilling of Holy Spirit.
Let them create the expectancy in you of receiving new perspective and fresh power to live out the command of Jesus to “Go!”
Keep your eyes peeled—Jesus wants to visit you today!