The Resurrection Changes Everything

Christmas is wonderful-the Son of God is coming into the world. Good Friday is amazing—that the son of God died for my sins, but without resurrection the cross is a tragedy—another good man rolled under by bad people. This Easter I preached from 1 Corinthians 15 and found these truths about what the resurrection means to those of us who are in Christ.
Jesus makes me able to stand.
Jesus saves me.
Jesus makes it so that I can be comfortable with myself.
Because of Jesus I work from acceptance instead of for it.
Jesus’ resurrection guarantees my resurrection.
Jesus not only guarantees my resurrection, he delivers me from sin
Jesus gives meaning to life beyond eating and drinking.
Jesus will come for me.
Jesus makes me victorious.
My life in Christ, weak or strong is not in vain.
I hope you will cut these out and paste them on your mirror. These thoughts from 1 Corinthians can be a mirror to remind you of who you are in Christ. If you’re not in Christ, you can be. You can never be good enough to save yourself, and you could never be so bad that God couldn’t save you.

Facebooktwittermail

A Way Out

1 Corinthians 10:13 has a great promise for Christians, but we may not want to accept it: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not authentically human, and God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you have the power to to bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you will have power to endure it.”
Isn’t this great? We don’t have to be self-obsessed, worrying, lying, greedy, immoral, drunken sons of guns. God is giving us a way out. I think I misunderstood this verse for a long time, thinking it meant that some special event would happen just when I was most tempted: Right before I was going to tell a lie to my boss, God would make a plane fly by with sky writing that says “To thine own self be true.” I don’t think that is what this means. I think God is always providing many ways to empower us when we are tempted. Here are four:
Enjoying the Lord. I cannot tell you how you enjoy the Lord, but I hope you find out. For me, singing and playing music to the Lord and walking in the woods are two examples.
Enjoying and leaning on loved ones. Often when I’m tempted I lean into my friends to support me. Working on your relationship with your spouse helps you be faithful to him/her.
Practice humility. One of the main reasons that we fall into temptation is our tendency to over value our own desires. Do humble things for others. Speak humble words to others such as asking for prayer in your struggles.
Flee from tempting situations. Sometimes you just need to run or walk quickly away from conversations, relationships, and substances.
The good news about all this is that it’s all found in Jesus Christ. By his blood he has set us free from the law of sin and death. Our destiny is to be more like him and less like who we used to be.

Facebooktwittermail

The Deep Things of God

It’s been a long time, and I don’t remember where I was, but I know that I’ve looked down in a well before. I’m remembering an old time well that has a rock and cement top and is a few feet high and has a bucket that goes down in to draw water. Those wells stir up feelings of depth to me. We can only see down a few feet, but we know there is so much more. God is like that. We see his qualities now, but we don’t see the depths.
Another time I remember swimming in a lake that was very deep and trying to swim to the bottom. It took me several tries—mostly overcoming fear of what was down there and wondering if I would have enough air to get back up. This lake was deep enough that the sun looked like a tiny orangish brown spot when I looked up the bottom. I think our desire to explore the depths will be realized in eternity as we get to know God.
The Bible says that the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2). I believe this is our destiny as Christians—to ponder, wonder, and discover the deep things of God for eternity. Those of us who have the son have live, eternal and abundant. Our eternal life will be a plunge into the depths of an infinite well, but we won’t have the fear of running out of breath. We won’t fear anything we find in the depths of God. We will know him fully even as we are fully known (1 Corinthians 13).
So what can we do now? When you read the Bible look for the depths of God’s compassion, justice, hope, peace, grace, and all his other great qualities. Praise the Lord when you find those qualities around you and in you. Reflect on the cross, the critical moment of history where God both died and lost a son. That’s a deep thought, and we have forever to ponder it.Facebooktwittermail

Redeemer's Church