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What’s Your Resurrection Story?
God has a plan specifically for you. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Have you ever thought about the fact that every one of your sins was present with Jesus at His crucifixion and that your resurrection life was present with Him at His resurrection? Imagine that. The scripture says that if the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, He will make your mortal bodies come to life! Wow! Our mortal bodies actually change when His resurrection power raises us out of our trespasses into eternal salvation. That has to be a good thing!
Maybe this Easter Sunday will be your resurrection day. Perhaps it will be a day of reawakening for you. At the very least, it will be a celebration of God’s great love and sacrifice for you! We would love to share this incredible day with you!
Join us Sunday morning at 10:30 am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. Just follow the blue flags. See you on Sunday!
Life in Eden
There are only three books of the Bible that mention the Tree of Life, Genesis, Proverbs and Revelation. In Revelation, the Tree makes its appearance again, giving eternal life to us once more. Jesus, whom the Apostle Paul calls “the second Adam” brings death to sin and resurrects the Tree of Life by His own death on a tree. Wow! What a story!
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in Eden? As we will find in the scriptures, it’s a very real question for all of us and relevant for today.
I was looking at my hand recently and was thinking about all the other hands that came before mine. All the hands of my ancestors were unique in how they looked and the work they performed. I was thinking about how my family tree is small at the end and gets exponentially huge as it goes back in time and then gets small again as it proceeds to the first people from which we all are descended. But, where did they come from. From whose hand did they originate?
Some say creation took a literal six days. Others say it took millions of years. The time it took is not the miracle of creation. The design, from the laws that govern the universe, to the life that dominates our planet, to the souls that are housed in our amazing bodies, that’s the miracle of creation. Everywhere we look, we see miracles. The tragedy is that we take so much of it for granted.
We don’t realize how incredibly unique the earth and everything it contains is. If we did, we would be keenly aware of the purpose of it all. Maybe we would realize that we are the purpose. To an outsider, it would be obvious. Humans are at the pinnacle of it all. It seems that everything was created to serve us. Yet, we even take our own lives for granted. We don’t recognize the importance of our existence. We live as if we have no purpose.
The scripture says that all things were created by Him (Jesus) and that He came to His own people and His own people rejected Him. What a shame. The hands of the creator which are now scarred from the death that belonged to us are open. Will you accept His invitation to the real life you were created for?
If you think that sinful sexual behavior is bad today, it was even worse in Jesus day. The Apostle Paul addressed this out of control sinful behavior in the first chapter of Romans and he wasn’t the only one. There were many writers and historians who described the depravity of those times as being the worst the world had ever seen. Some now, say that it was the worst in the human history.
So, why did Jesus not preach sermons dedicated to singling out this sin? I think there are very definite reasons why. And, while Jesus did not expound on the subject, I think we can learn a lot from what He didn’t say and how He treated those who were engaged in this particular sin.
The person who asked me to talk about sex was sincerely curious about how God views it and how those who are engaged in sin can get help. Most of us have committed sexual sin and many of us are still in bondage to it and the guilt and shame that comes along with it. But, there is forgiveness, freedom and healing that awaits all of us who desperately need God’s help. I can’t wait to share this message with you!
A Strange Question
If you find yourself examining your own life in this way, I think it is probably a good thing. You are asking whether you should make a change that will please God. Many of us are so caught up in making our lives fit what we want, that we fail to even ask what God might want. What a shame, because what he wants for us is so much better than what we want. We miss out on the best by pursuing something that we think is good. Someone said, “Good is the enemy of best”. There is a lot of truth in that.
Sometimes, when I’m praying, I’m asking God to do a certain thing and my thoughts are suddenly redirected as if I’m not doing the thinking anymore but God is doing my thinking for me. I’ll be asking for one thing and suddenly in my mind, I see God doing something else. Then I have the small revelation that my motives were wrong. I was asking God to do something that I had a desire for and I include something in it for Him. It’s like me asking you to make me a sandwich and saying, “while you're at it, make one for yourself too”. Our motives are what’s important to God. People see you from the outside but God looks at your heart. He sees what’s at the root. What is at the root of your motivation?