He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
Jesus did not only come alive again after the cross, but walked the earth for 40days appearing to his followers and continuing to teach about the kingdom.
Sometimes it is easy to smash everything about the cross, resurrection and ascension of Jesus together. Yet we find here that there was 40 more days of teaching before Jesus gave the great commission and ascended into heaven. What we see follow from the apostles is not only a result of Jesus’ teachings during His life, but also His teachings after He rose.
A couple things:
Jesus rose from the dead. That is enough reason to pledge my whole being to Him.
Jesus still wanted His followers to understand the kingdom. It wasn’t just about dying and going to heaven. It was about the Kingdom advancing on Earth. If Jesus stayed 40more days to make sure His followers understood the importance of the Kingdom, I probably should see Christianity through the lens of the Kingdom.
Jesus help me see your Kingdom come through my life and ministry today.