After The Resurrection

ad_2009_blog_monday_wrapupAs I write this entry, it is the afternoon following a great Easter Sunday at Bethel.  There was such a good spirit in both services.  Reflecting on yesterday, my mind has been thrown back to the days and weeks immediately following the Lord’s resurrection.  There must have been some real highs and lows during that time.  The rush of exhilaration when the angel said, “He is not here, for He is risen,” and then the doubts of wondering if it were really so.  The uncertainties of whether the news was reliable and then hearing Him say, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands…be not faithless, but believing” (John 20:27). Then there is that scene when the disciples were gathered in a room together with the door shut “for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19).  So many questions, so much fear, and so much overwhelming proof that He was alive.

We are not much different.  His Word is filled with so many “exceeding great and precious promises,” yet we wonder privately if God could use our lives like our heroes in the Bible.  I am so thankful to have the hope found in the resurrection.  The hope that He is alive and is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.”  The hope that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  I want to encourage you to let last Sunday linger long in your mind.  It was so encouraging yesterday to see so many guests here–guests that folks in our church invited to come.  What a privilege to present the Gospel to people in need.  What a blessing to “Consider His Victory” and to think of all the riches we have been given in Christ.  As we look forward to our revival meetings coming up soon, and in light of Easter Sunday, let’s hold on to Paul’s words and make them our own, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10a).

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