Chosen for Service
‘Eastertide’ (the 50 days between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost) was a precious time when Jesus seemed, for all intents and purposes, to be ‘back,’ and apparently back exclusively for the twelve, reinforcing his previous explanations of the Kingdom and how it operated, answering any further questions that came up, urging them not to leave Jerusalem until a future, undefined event had occurred, and proving to his little band of emerging leaders that he remained confident in their latent abilities. Luke, in Acts 1, talks of Jesus ‘appearing’ many times, making this a challenging new post-Resurrection twist in their relationship. Instead of hanging out with them as before, he would leave/disappear for a time then return/re-appear. Perhaps it was his way of weaning them of their clingy dependence and providing opportunities to strengthen their faith.