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Q&A: Why are the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension important for the disciples and for us?

Jesus finished his work of paying for the sins of the whole world by dying on the cross. But how can we be sure our sins are paid for? On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection assures us that the Father had accepted the sacrifice and that we really are at peace with God.

But how can we be sure he rose? This is what makes the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension so important. Often after I accomplish a goal in life, I take some time to relax and bask in the relief. Not Jesus. He was still “working” during those 40 days to accomplish at least three vital tasks for his disciples and for us.

Check out these articles from the April issue:

Confessions of faith: Salvador Contreras

Confessions of Faith Salvador Contreras family
As a child, Salvador Contreras sat amid the other little ones in a dusty setting. They listened to the words of an Asian woman. She was telling them about her hard times. She shared how she had once lived on the street, addicted to drugs. Then the woman told . . .

Out from the shadows

group of shadows
I recently read a cute children’s book about a bear to my kids. The bear had a problem. This dark thing kept following him everywhere he went. Know what it was? His shadow. This bear couldn’t stand having his shadow follow him everywhere. So he did everything he . . .

Growing closer to Jesus and one another

Young adults Awake and Alive 2023 conference in January
“Closer to Jesus, closer together.” That’s the tagline for Awake and Alive ministries, a young adult ministry conducted via online Bible studies and in-person events for people between the ages of 18 and 25. “We’re passionate about helping young adults . . .

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