What are you facing today? Fear? Anxiety? Financial or health emergencies? As I was doing some study this morning in preparation for a class that I’m teaching this weekend, I was reminded of the resurrection of Jesus. I realize that we are 34 weeks away from Easter 2017 but the resurrection has significance every day! Notice with me Revelation 1:17–18 which reads:
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
Also notice 1 Corinthians 15:55 & 57 which reads:
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
My thought this morning was this… Jesus Is Alive!! Do you realize all that means? Not only is Jesus alive, but he is with you and me. In John chapter 12 Jesus is teaching and some men from Greece approach the disciples and ask to see Jesus. The disciples go and tell Jesus about the men who want to see him and his answer is very interesting. In response to their question of whether they should allow these men in to see him, Jesus replied…
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24, ESV)
It might seem that Jesus didn’t answer their question, but actually he did. Jesus was referring to the limitation upon him while he was in human form.
He could only see so many people in a day. However, looking forward to his death and resurrection Jesus said that just as a single grain of wheat falls into the ground he would be placed in the ground, and just like that wheat when it germinates and grows into many grains of wheat Jesus’ death and resurrection would make him available to all people at all times in all places. Because Jesus is alive he’s always with us and always available!
Once again, what are you facing today?
Whatever it is, you are not facing it alone. You are facing it with Jesus and what can’t you face if Jesus is with you?
You have his strength, his love, his peace, his compassion surrounding you and your need. The great news for today, while sounding like religious rhetoric, is actually the answer for every need, every hurt, every crisis, every pain.
What’s that news? Jesus is alive!