VIDEO ILLUSTRATION – Last year for my birthday Nan gave me a gift that I finally got to enjoy a couple of weekends ago. I got to go out to Texas Motor Speedway and climb in a NASCAR race car with a 700hp engine under the hood and take that little car for a ride. Here’s a video of part of my ride. Now to be perfectly truthful, I wasn’t driving. A professional driver named Randy was actually at the wheel. I would have crashed in the first turn. No, I suited up, squeezed through the window on the passenger side, put on my helmet, buckled my safety harness and went on the ride of my life.
It must have felt that way for the first followers of Jesus. For three years they had been on the ride of their lives with Jesus, hearing Him teach, watching Him perform miracles, feeling His love. Then Jesus died and it appeared that the ride was over. But then Jesus surprised them on that first Easter morning when He rose again. And for forty days Jesus spent precious time with the disciples preparing them for a great assignment He had for them. (more…)