At our Easter service, our pastor, John Smith, reminded us that
Easter to Christians is bigger than any Super Bowl event in any
sport. Yesterday, our pastor did an amazing job of synthesizing
four sound-bytes that Jesus said after he rose from the dead.
They're challenges to us as well. Which one speaks to you the most
in your walk with Jesus today?
- Fear Not Jesus' disciples were freaking out
that he'd died and then they feared that someone had stolen his
body after he rose from the dead. When Jesus appeared to them, he
said "Fear not." What is it in your life that strikes fear in your
heart? What are you afraid to do or say or believe? Jesus calls us
to "fear not."
- Touch Me Thomas wouldn't believe that Jesus
was alive until he saw it with his own eyes and thrust his hand
into Jesus' pierced side. Jesus didn't scold Thomas; instead, he
welcomed his doubts and lovingly called him to "touch me." Where in
your life do you need a special touch from Jesus?
- Follow Me No encounter with Jesus is complete
without a challenge to respond to him. We either follow him or we
walk away. And once we've followed him, we have the choice daily to
follow or walk away in our words and actions. Where is Jesus
calling you to follow him today?
- Go Out We are people of mission--just as Jesus
was a God/man on a mission. There's no room for sitting still and
doing nothing. Where is Jesus calling you to go out? To change the
world? To make a mark for his kingdom?
What is Jesus saying to you?