Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Instructions from a dead Man?

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. Acts 1:4 (NIV)
Instructions from a dead Man?
Can the dead speak?
Imagine seeing Jesus walking, talking and eating after you witnessed him crucified, bleeding and dying before your eyes; taken down from a wood cross drenched in His blood; would you believe?
Sometimes we think we are really clever, smart, and all-together—I got this! But, what if your eyes seem to deceive you and what your ears heard confound your mind?  What if what your heart is proclaiming as truth is difficult to trust; could not possibly align with what you expected?  What if what you can see and touch defies all you know?  Ask Thomas (John 20:27).
In Jerusalem, men and women who had followed Jesus would now face that question.  After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3-4).
The Scriptures say that he ate with them, talked and walked among the living.  Can the dead speak?  Jesus was crucified as foretold by the Scriptures and spoken of by Jesus himself the last time he gathered with his disciples (Matthew 26:26-29).
But why?
After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities (Isaiah 53:11).
He did it for you and me.
This dead man Jesus, God in the flesh, Immanuel, has come to bring a gift.  He will temporally exchange his place of glory to walk with sinful men so that he might gain them for eternity.  He will pay for the sins of the world with his very life and then appear to them again to prove that He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
He will give instructions as he departs to sit at the right hand of the Father.  “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” (Acts 1:4). It’s the Gift that keeps giving!
The Heart of God is Love.  He will not leave us alone but will send the Holy Spirit who will reside in the one who believes; the one who will allow his mind to be transformed and believe what seems to be impossible.
The Holy Spirit; He is the one who reminds us of what Jesus said.  He comes along side us to bring comfort and encourage us to trust and believe.  He draws men to Himself to begin a transformation that will leave us new, convinced of the Truth that already IS. 
He loved us to death!  He lives so that we too can live!  He sent his Spirit so that we can be empowered to continue to proclaim the Good News.  With fear and trembling at times—but stimulated to be brave and share with all who will listen, “The one who believes in me (Jesus) will live, even though they die”.

Still doubting?  Read the Book of Acts and ask the Holy Spirit to remove fear and allow the Teacher to guide your heart to see and feel; to experience Him-- It's the Greatest story ever told!

God bless you!~Liz


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