As I sat on the edge of the couch, I looked my son in the eye and explained:
“Honey, life is hard. This world is broken. Sometimes our expectations can be too high and we face disappointment. But God is with us in our hurts. He will never leave us or forsake us. All of your life, you are going to face heartaches and disappointments. This world just cannot deliver sustained happiness. Joy only comes through Jesus.
Cling to Jesus. Talk to Jesus. Read his word, pray, listen to God, obey God, have faith and always trust God. Never stop trusting son.”
Are those words you need to hear today?
This world is so very broken – it can’t deliver what our selfish hearts desire.
But Jesus – sweet Jesus.
There is no other name like His in all this world! He is my best friend. He never leaves my side. He is always for me. He never betrays me or stops loving me. Every morning when I wake up – He is there for me. Every night as I fall asleep – He is still there for me. In between morning and night, every time I call on Him, He is already there.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow!
Because He lives YOU can face tomorrow!
In Mark 16:6 the angel said:
Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He has risen; he is not here.
The crux of Christianity hangs on one fact…
HE HAS RISEN!
I Corinthians 15:13-17 says:
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God,
for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.
But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Wow – do you see the strong words of this passage?
If there is no resurrection of Christ then…
~our faith is useless,
~our preaching and faith are futile,
~the dead are not raised,
~we are false witnesses,
~and we are still in our sins.
Oh my! That’s serious friends.
But praise the Lord – the angel rolled back the stone and the tomb was empty for all to see! Then Jesus appeared to over 500 people and then ascended into heaven! AWESOME!!!!!
Jesus is alive – just as he said!
Our God is not dead – he surely is alive!
And because he is alive – we have the assurance that we too will be resurrected.
Life is hard. Trials, fears, stress and worries come at us from every side. Sometimes it is so overwhelming I can’t sleep or I break down in tears… but when morning comes and the sun rises, I am reminded that his mercies are new every morning.
Because He lives – I can face tomorrow.
Whatever you are facing today – take it to Jesus. He is alive! He loves you and He wants you to bring all your burdens to Him.
Walk with the King,
What’s Next After Mark?
We will begin the Book of Deuteronomy on April 11th! If you have never studied this book of the Bible before – now is the time! Invite your friends and join us!