April 26, 2013 @ 2:04 pm
Matt 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
Luke 24:1-8 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
“God chose to use a flawed people to take a perfect message to a dysfunctional world” We should remember the power is in the message. Ro 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. What a wonderful priviledge we have to share such a message of hope.
Jesus entered into a world that was sick, all hope had been set aside. With His coming He brought that joyful expectation that the lives of men could be transformed it they would only believe. That same message of hope is ours for today.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not yet seen. That’s how the book of Hebrews defines faith. Faith is a peculiar thing, it seems at one moment it is fully intact yet all it takes is one thing to happen and the questions arise. The faith that we need for this journey can’t be one that is so fleeting. The challenges we face require a faith that is unshakable. The question we need answered is; where does that kind of faith come from?
Jeremy Osenga shares his heart, talking about how if we want to become more like Jesus, we need to spend more dedicated time with Him in prayer and in His Word.
An empty bag on a journey can be as`just frustrating as a bag that is full of unnecessary things that just weigh you down. Jesus tells us that his “burden” is light. Those are the things that we need for our journey, the ones that are useful and easy to carry.
Sheep without a shepherd will do it their own way, and if you know anything about sheep they are not great decision makers. In so many ways that is how we are. We need a shepherd and thankfully our Father has given us one. The Good Shepherd, Jesus.