In his second writing to a man named Theophilus, Luke ". . . wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen." Acts 1:1-2 (NIV)
He referred to the gospel which bears his name. In the book bearing his name, Luke provides a thorough account of the actions and words of Jesus; the book ends with the telling of Jesus' ascension into heaven. In a way, Luke hits reverse when he opens his next writing to Theophilus. In the beginning of Acts, Luke backs up and provides more detail regarding the time right before Jesus' ascension.
April is the month of this year in which we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We worship the risen and living Lord Jesus. I believe the Bible and since the Bible says that Jesus is alive, I believe He is indeed full of life. To those first believers who had no access to the New Testament (it wasn't written yet), Jesus gave an amazing gift. In addition to presenting Himself to them, He "gave many convincing proofs that He was alive."
He spoke. He ate. He appeared in rooms with locked doors. He offered the opportunity to touch His nail- and spear-caused scars. He convinced many.
Jesus remains in the convincing business. In what ways has Jesus convinced you that He is alive? I'll share a few proofs that have convinced me.
The proofs that have convinced me do not include touching scars, eating meals with Jesus, or seeing the Lord inside a still-locked room. Rather, Jesus has proved Himself to me through His continual love and faithfulness to keeping His promises. He beseeches the Father on my behalf. He sent the Spirit. He loves me through the love of others. His love is such a gift. I am thoroughly convinced.