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He is risen! Now what?

Yesterday was Easter. Many millions of Christians around the globe took to celebrating the risen Christ. No longer is our Savior dead and decaying in the grave. Death and sin have been defeated. The price has been paid.  It’s finished. He’s alive!

So now what? As I scanned my FB timeline yesterday I noticed an extremely satisfying amount of “Jesus is alive” / “He is risen” type of messages. I felt good that the good news of Easter Sunday was reaching far and wide to people I’d least expect. What I found extremely unsatisfying was the lack of Christ these same people emulated in their daily lives on every day besides Easter Sunday.

This message of hope and death defeated is not a message to be lived out on one Sunday in spring. Take a look at the following passages in Matthew 28:

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.” –Matthew 28:1-2

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” –Matthew 28:5-7

Upon discovering an empty tomb, the Mary’s were told to go share the news and tell the disciples. Jesus was risen and was headed into Galilee. Let’s continue reading to see what happened in Galilee:

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:16-20

Christ is risen. He’s alive. But it shouldn’t end there. The ball is in our court. It’s time we do something about it.

  1. Live like Christ: Christ tells his disciples and future believers to obey everything he has commanded of us. We need to be in God’s Word to learn how Christ lived and we must model that in our own lives.
  2. Go & Tell: The message of the risen Christ is an important message. One that brings hope to a world of darkness. Don’t fall short in accomplishing your mission. We have a job to do. Let’s spread the news of the risen Christ to the world!

 

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Don’t Hurt Me Bro!

I don’t know how we got on the subject but I was talking with a few friends of mine recently regarding our most embarrassing moment in our youth. As the conversation took many turns (like most of ours often do), one thing led to another and eventually we began to vent to one another about how we’ve been hurt in the past by fellow Christians.

This isn’t a rare scenario either. Unfortunately, this situation isn’t just a local thing, but rather an epidemic. With more than 2 billion sinning-Christ-followers worldwide it’s no wonder fellow Christians will dish out some hurt every now and then.[1]

Let’s not kid ourselves though; we’ve all dished out some hurt at some point in our life. We’ve all been that person that has turned someone off from the church, the gospel, or even Christ himself. Honestly, it is a hard truth to swallow. The bottom line is this: we all must work harder to honor God.

Honoring God is not always going to be black and white. It’s not always going to be a cakewalk. Living as a genuine Christ follower can mean putting others needs before yourself. Every day is a battle. Just remember, that every fight is one worth fighting if it’s fought for Christ.

 

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[1] 2011 Study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life

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Bold as a Lion

I’ll admit it. Even I feel the pressure from the world to keep quiet about my relationship with Christ. Everyone does. This world we live in does not tolerate followers of Jesus to be too open about their faith. If Christ followers started talking more openly about their faith the world would go nuts.

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Image Credit: flickr member gchampeau

Just think what would happen if Christians were bold for Christ! There would be push back. Lot’s of it. But I assure you the kingdom would move forward through it all.

That’s exactly how Christ followers are called to live in scripture. Proverbs 28:1 says this:

“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

As believers we are given the righteousness of Christ through the redeeming blood He shed on the cross. Jesus died and rose again so that we can live. This good news (gospel) should push us to be bold. Think about it this way: We’ve all sinned, but God gifted us a life that we don’t deserve through His son. Let’s use this gift of a life for the one who did the gifting. Live your life for the one that gives life Be bold as a lion for Christ!

Maybe you’re like me and ask yourself, “who am I to be bold about anything?” Before any sermon, lesson, or meeting, that question always pops into my head but I always remind myself of the following verses:

“But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you”…” -Exodus 3:11-12a

We can be bold not only because God has granted us new life through Christ, but also because He’ll be with us through the whole thing. We aren’t called to be bold on our own. He’s going to be right there through the thick and thing when the going gets tough.

Now is not the time to put a bold life on hold, or wait until life slows down a bit. Now’s the time to get going Get in God’s word and live boldly as a follower of Christ.