Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Touch Jesus, He is Alive
Today I gleaned from Pastor Jerry’s sermon, as he mentioned in
that time and era, there had been many who preached and claimed to be the
Christ, but as they died, they were soon ancient history.
Preachers come and go.Jesus was dead and the Romans and his enemies were assured that he also would
soon be forgotten.
The disciples were fearful and discouraged, and they felt
all was lost.They had put much energy
into following Jesus, and now they expected his body and the other two bodies
to be thrown outside of the city into the land fill where the wild beasts
However, Joseph came and begged the body of Jesus so he
could place him in a borrowed tomb.With
a final thrust of a spear into his side, the soldiers were satisfied that Jesus
was dead, so they allowed Joseph to take his body.
Pastor Jerry read from John 20:19-31 regarding Jesus
appearing before his disciples after His resurrection.What happened to give the disciples a
restoration of their faith?
Jesus showed them his hands, feet and side, and they
marveled that they could touch him.
Then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy
Thomas was not with them, and he refused to believe unless
he could see and feel Jesus.When Jesus
appeared to them eight days later, Thomas was shocked as Jesus offered him to
thrust his hand into his side and other wounds.Oh my Lord and my God, cried Thomas, but Jesus said, now you believe
because you have seen, but blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe.
The disciples began to preach and teach the message of Jesus
the Savior and many accepted the Good news.Those in authority were angry and warned the disciples not to preach in
Jesus name, but their reply was, we cannot stop, for we must obey God rather
These disciples and many other believers were willing to lay
down their lives, for reality.
Think about it, if Jesus’ resurrection was a scam, who would
be willing to die for a lie?
Christians today receive the message of Jesus and in ways
personal to each one, Jesus reveals himself to them.
Many Christians, through out our world today are martyred,
persecuted and are being slaughtered.What happened to give them this faith?
The simple answer is because Jesus has made himself known to
them in truth as a risen Savior.We too are witnesses to the fact that Jesus is
alive.Rejoice, He lives!