Walk Towards Easter . 31 .
‘ but the angel said, ” Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid His body.” Mark 16:6
Q. How is the physical resurrection of Jesus a game changer ? How does it challenge you to respond to Jesus ? What happens next?
Can you imagine the excitement , the elation , in finding that Jesus was not in the tomb! After the total devastation and grief at His death, the waves of doubt as to whether or not He truly was the Messiah, to be met by an angel proclaiming ” He is Risen !”
Surely the penny must have dropped at this point, He raised others and now He himself had been raised . Jesus had conquered death, once and for all. His body was gone, it was truth. The magnitude of all that had transpired was beginning to unfold, the dawn of a new understanding, new life, new hope, salvation.
This same, incredible saving power is available to us today. All we need to do is accept it. Say yes to Jesus, acknowledge His sacrifice, invite Him into our hearts and then live. Live in the joy of our salvation.
‘ Jesus came and told his disciples, ” I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit……………And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ‘
Jesus commissions us to share, to share the joy of our salvation, to bring others to a knowledge of the incredible life changing power of
Our Saviour King.
He said to them, ” Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them ! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these . I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God. ”
Mark 10: 14-15
Q. What is Jesus teaching us here and what does childlike faith look like in you?
When my girls were little I would often wonder at their innocence and simplistic reasoning and understanding. At the way in which their little yet to be influenced minds so readily accepted experiences, people and difference. As I waded through the daily myriad of questions, I found a simple, reasonable, logical answer was usually adequate. Rarely was it necessary to delve into the finer more intricate details. They placed their trust in me and stepped out upon it, learning along the way.
Jesus scolded the apostles for trying to keep the children from Him. Could it be that He was trying to say, ” Hey guys, you need to be kids again, think like you did back then! ”
But why would He want us to be like children ?….” Unless you have a faith like theirs!”
Children are drawn to Jesus, they don’t need to know all the finer details of doctrine or have the answers to life’s most perplexing questions. They are satisfied with ” Jesus loves me , this I know, for the bible tells me so…”
As a child runs towards a parent and leaps into their outstretched arms, knowing, trusting and not questioning that they will be caught, so Jesus desires for us to step into His arms. To have faith first, not knowing the details but trusting that understanding and teaching will follow. Our grown-up minds can be so limiting .Everything must have a definitive answer before we are able to accept it. Does it fit into our box of understanding , we see only what we think we know and filter everything through that knowledge .
” I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognise this message as the very power of God. As the scriptures say, ” I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas ” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the worlds brilliant debaters? God has made them look foolish and shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never find Him through human wisdom…….” 1Corinthians 1:18-21 NLT
Rewind, be a kid again, grasp hold of a child like faith, take the chance and step out without all the answers. He will reveal the details, but first we must have faith like theirs.