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Waiting

… wait for what the Father promised….. Acts 1:4 (MSG)

Waiting has never been one of my strong suits. My prayer is “God, give me patience, but hurry up!” Maybe you can relate. After seeing the risen Christ and being with Him for 40 days, it must have been difficult for the disciples to do what He told them just before they saw Him ascend into Heaven. He told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from Me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.” Acts 1:4-5 (MSG) Continue reading “Waiting” »

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God’s Timetable

Once when He was eating with them, He commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift He promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking Him, ‘Lord, has the time come for You to free Israel and restore our kingdom?’ He replied, ‘The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ After saying this, He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see Him. Acts 1:4-9 (NLT)

The disciples must have lived between wonder and awe over those forty days after Jesus rose from the dead! Each one of the eleven post-resurrection appearances of Jesus solidified their faith and excitement over the anticipation of the coming Kingdom that Jesus promised. When would it happen? When would Israel reclaim their glory days and no longer live under the siege of Roman rule in their own land? When would Jesus reveal Himself to the world as the Messiah they knew Him to be? Continue reading “God’s Timetable” »

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Hoax? Hallucination? Or History?

Despite the disputes of critics and cynics throughout history, beginning with the religious leaders who crucified Christ, the evidence for the resurrection is indisputable. Concerned that there may be an attempt to snatch the lifeless body of Jesus and concoct some resurrection story, the religious leaders went to Pilot, the Roman Governor, and requested that a guard be placed around the tomb to secure it and keep watch. The first argument against the bodily resurrection of Jesus was conceived by these leaders after the guards came to them for protection, knowing that failing on their guard duty would mean their very lives!  Continue reading “Hoax? Hallucination? Or History?” »

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The Difference the Resurrection Makes

 … if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. … And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 1 Corinthians 15:14; 17-19 (NIV)

How important is the resurrection of Jesus? It is the very cornerstone of our faith. Without the resurrection, the Bible itself says that faith would be useless, futile even, and we would still be in our sins! “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” Why? We would be powerless to change! Resurrection power delivers us from sin’s grip on our lives. Continue reading “The Difference the Resurrection Makes” »

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Unquestionable Evidence

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:1-4 (NIV)

Faith is not a blind leap in the dark. It is a step into the light, based on physical evidence. Jesus wanted there to be no doubt about His bodily resurrection among His followers. That’s why John could write as he did in 1 John when he gave an eye witness testimony to what he had seen with his own eyes, touched with his own hands, and heard with his own ears. Continue reading “Unquestionable Evidence” »