Acts 1:3 NIV “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive…”
The author of the book of Acts was Luke, who had also recorded the synopsis of Jesus’ life on earth in the Gospel of Luke. In Luke’s detailed fashion of writing, he records concerning Jesus that He gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. Wait a minute, but shouldn’t the fact that Jesus was talking to them be proof enough that Jesus was alive? Luke 24:13-35 records Jesus’ encounter with two men on the road to Emmaus, giving more insight into the nature of these “convincing proofs”. He records that even after Jesus had been revealed to them, that “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (24:27). In this, the Holy Spirit reveals something very important to us about the Christian walk; the believer’s evidence in all situations ought to be the Word of God. In another instance, Scripture records that after it had been announced to the disciples that Jesus was risen, Thomas said he needed physical evidence to believe, but Jesus said in response, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (Joh.20:29).
It is our faith in God’s Word that pleases Him (Heb.11:6). Our conviction of truth should never be based on what we perceive with our natural senses. Jesus did not count it enough evidence that His physical appearance was enough to prove the resurrection, His proof was in what the Scriptures had said concerning Himself. Though everything around you may look awry, you by faith hold on to the Word of God and develop confidence in the midst of the turmoil. Your perseverance with God’s Word in the face of adversity will ultimately turn things around for you.
You’re not healed because you do not feel the pain in your body, but because the Word says “by His stripes you were healed” (2Pet.1:4). You’re not rich because your bank account says so, but because Christ was made poor that you might be rich (2 Cor.9:8). What else does the Word say about you? You are blessed because in all things (Eph.1:3). Your children will turn out good and great shall be their peace (Isa.54:13). Your wife is a virtuous woman (Prov.31:10-30). You have angels that keep watch over you (Ps.34:7). Don’t stop with just these, but search out what God’s Word says about you, and let that be the authority on which you believe!
Scriptures to Meditate: My assignment for you is to search for five verses of Scripture that address the various areas of your life, and meditate on them. The most simplest way to do so is to type a search string in google such as, “Scriptures on xyz”, and you’ll find more than enough.