Have you ever felt like God has left you? Like He’s just too hard to find? You’re not alone.
Good Friday services at New Life were profound. I have never had more of an appreciation for the sacrifice Christ made to reconcile a lost and hurting world to the Father.
I’m also left wondering, “What must have the disciples felt in the hours after the crucifixion and before the resurrection?”
We all suffer through times of darkness, doubt and trouble. We, like the disciples, are often left wondering, “Is God really alive? Is He still hearing us? Are we cut off from Him? Does He still care for us? Will He return for us? Or are we forever stuck in our current situation?”
We have to answer the question: “When God seems far off, how are we to respond?”
In Luke 24 we read of the disciples’ encounter with Jesus. He had been resurrected, met the women at the tomb, and walked with disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now He reveals Himself to them where they are gathered:
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them,“Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
“Peace be with you.”
The first words out of Jesus’ mouth are often the most difficult for us to accept. Our worries, doubts and fears monopolize our attention. Many of us love to savor our self-pity and anxiety, clinging to them as though we couldn’t live without them. Jesus, having defeated death and sin, says, “Peace be with you.” No longer do we need to cozy up to our own insufficiencies. We now welcome the peace of our Savior.
Welcome Peace into your presence. Sit and learn from the Prince of Peace, the one who has returned for you. You will grow to find His presence transforming as you discover His life-giving ways.
“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
Jesus had lived with these men for three years. He constantly confronted their inability to “get it” regarding what He was so consistently saying. Now He appears to them alive, returned from the dead. His bodily resurrection now testifies to every spiritual promise He made. He is the Christ, the son of the Living God. The days of uncertainty now lie in the past. The Kingdom of God is now being ushered in. No longer do we have to wait for the fulfillment of God’s promises. They can be made real within every heart who accepts Him!
- Looking back, do you see the promises God has made to you, and to every believer?
- Looking forward, do you believe that God has a plan for your future?
- Are you in the process of exchanging your worries, fears and insecurities for the hope of new life?
Christ died for our forgiveness. He rose to give us new life. Ask Him to lead you into new life today. He will.
Did you see this week’s posts about “Why Jesus Died”?