March 19,  2017- Everyday Resurrection Realities 2

"Who Do You Say That I Am?"

Jesus asked this question of the disciples in Luke 9:18-20.  Peter answered that Jesus was the Messiah.  But that was before the resurrection.  After the resurrection, in John 20:24-29, Thomas realized that Jesus was more than just the Messiah.  

Every person must answer this question.  How one answers not only determines their eternal destination, but how they go through each individual day of their life.  Jesus resurrection makes a huge difference how one lives their life each day.  Another way the resurrection affects our everyday realities.

"Who do you say that I am?"

The other morning, I was listening to the radio.  The hosts were asking the public to call in with a response to an opinion question they were asking.  They gave an example of a trivial socially awkward situation and asked the public what they would have done.  I thought “Good luck with that.  Who would waste time commenting on that foolish question.”  I changed the station.

          The next day as I turned on the radio again, I was surprised to find out they were still talking about it.  Evidently, they could not fit all the calls in during their segment and continued the discussion. Some were quite emotional in their responses sharing what they would have done.

I felt it was a question few would ever give a second thought about.  Few, if any, would ever encounter that situation.  It would not ever enter their daily concerns.  I guess I was wrong.

          I did wonder what they would have done with questions that do have daily impact on their lives.  It seems to me we spend more time with trivial questions and concerns and little time with real questions and concerns.

          Jesus asked His disciples in Luke 9:18-20, “Who do you say that I am?”  This is not a trivial question. How one answers this impacts their eternal destination.  How one answers this also impacts how they live their daily lives.

          When Peter answered this question for Jesus, he acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah.  The Jews were looking for the Messiah to do certain things for them: such as meet their needs, get rid of their problems (like the Romans), and bless them physically.  To this point Jesus had fed them, healed them, and taught them.  But they did not see Him as God, as their Lord.  They were looking for what Jesus could do for them.  When He did not fulfill their expectations, they rid themselves of Him.

          After Jesus’ resurrection, this started to change.  “Doubting Thomas” was the first to realize and exclaim in (John 20:28, NIV) “My Lord and my God!”  Instead of telling Jesus what He should be doing or what He could do for them, they began to seek what Jesus would have them do for the kingdom. 

          The same is true for us.  The resurrection proves Jesus is God.  That impacts each moment of each day of our lives.  If we truly realize He is our Lord and our God, as Thomas did, it changes all the questions in life.  Now instead of “What would I do?” it is “Lord, what would you have me do?”

          Who do you say Jesus is?

March 5,  2017 - Everyday Resurrection Realities 1

"Resurrection Hope for Every Day"

We will be looking at 1 Peter 1:3-9.  The key verse is 1 Peter 1:3 which reads: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...."

Peter says we all experience trials and troubles and suffering in life.  But God gives us a "living hope" through Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead.  If God can raise Jesus from the grave, how much more so can He give "living hope" to the problems we face everyday.  This is just one of the wonderful realities that Jesus' resurrection has secured for the believer.