What’s different about following Jesus before His resurrection and following Jesus after His resurrection? Our first impression may be that the disciples had it easy. They had Jesus right there in front of them, in the flesh. They had tangible access to the Son of God. Surely, it’s tougher for you and me to follow an unseen Jesus today.
But if that is true, then we would expect to see a major shift in the disciples’ ability to follow after Jesus leaves the earthly scene. And in fact we see exactly that, but the shift goes in the other direction. Instead of finding it harder to follow an unseen Savior, Jesus’ followers found it easier – more natural – to follow Him after He was gone. What on earth made the difference?
And why aren’t we experiencing the same effectiveness today?