40 Days with Jesus can be used at any point during the year, but it was originally run as a post-Easter teaching series. Launched In 2014, many churches, including KingsGate Community Church where it originated, chose to start the series on Easter Sunday, enabling them to invite Easter guests to explore the accounts of the risen Jesus for themselves. With Easter approaching once more, we thought this would be a great post-Easter resource for you and your small groups to get involved with. Take a look at what Dave Smith, author of 40 Days with Jesus, says about the programme…
What is 40 Days with Jesus?
Over these 40 days, we focus on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, from His appearing to Mary Magdalene on that first Resurrection Sunday morning through to His ascension to heaven nearly six weeks later.
These final days before Jesus ascended back to heaven were of such importance that all four Gospel writers included them in the conclusion of their account of Jesus’ life. Over the course of these 40 days, Jesus appeared to over 500 followers on at least 11 different occasions. Although it took the disciples some time to believe and embrace the full significance of Jesus’ resurrection, ultimately, their personal encounters with the risen Christ completely changed their lives. This same message has the power to change our lives today in the following three ways:
- We can be convinced of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus
The primary purpose of the 40 days, then and now, was to provide vital evidence that Jesus really was and is alive, as Luke makes clear: ‘After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave them many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God’ (Acts 1:3).
- We can be transformed by encounters with the risen Christ
The disciples encountered Christ physically during the 40 days; we can now do so spiritually. Since the ascension and the Day of Pentecost, Jesus is now present with His people in and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- We can receive a foretaste of our glorious future in Christ
The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus provide the most comprehensive picture of what life will be like for us in our resurrected state. If we look at the risen Jesus we see the foretaste of a life that is not a disembodied, purely spiritual existence, but rather a transformed physical life, with a glorified, resurrected body, in the new heavens and on the new earth!
About Charlotte Moore
Charlotte is a recent graduate, working to build her career in digital marketing and web design. When she isn’t working at CWR, she is getting involved with her church or planning her wedding taking place later on in the year.