Jesus calls for an exchange; your life for His. When you take his life, get ready for steady growth. You need endurance and you need grace to change when a new Word from God takes hold. You mustn’t hold on to what God let go of, and you should grab on to what God is giving you. Listen as Casey sheds some light on what happens when you become a follower of Jesus.
When Jesus died, the disciples found themselves sad, confused, frustrated, and feeling like they lost their leader. Even though Jesus told them that he would die and rise again three days later, they didn’t feel ready for his departure. They all grieved the loss of their friend and they did it in different ways.
As Life’s Journey continues to grieve the loss of our friend, Pastor Rod, we can be encouraged by the disciples’ story.
You will continue to hear that we must all pray for wisdom and trust that the Holy Spirit will show us a way forward and remind us of all the things Jesus taught just as Jesus promised the Spirit would do. This is what the first disciples learned to do. They walked, face to face with Jesus Christ, but they too had to learn to trust that God is good and that he is always in control. Rod’s death offers us the choice to implode with sadness or to hold on tighter to Jesus and learn more of what this life’s journey is all about. Since there is now a void in the full time pastoring of this church, it’s time for all of us to be willing to disciple one another, to step out and stretch our faith as God works through all of us during this time.
Scripture references: John 20:1-14, 19, 26; John 21; Matthew 26:31-35
The kingdom of God is not just a future kingdom in Heaven but also a kingdom in action today. Before the crucifixion, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was at hand. So too, after the resurrection Jesus spoke to his friends about the Kingdom of God. He told them to wait in Jerusalem until the Father God sent the promised Holy Spirit and that they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God on earth is tied to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, who for centuries past had been a blessing experienced by only a few in history, was now coming to all believers. The Holy Spirit is the power of God seen in action through the Church – all men and women, boys and girls who follow and serve Jesus Christ. Jesus did not expect us to live the Christian life by our own power. You are to live the Christian life by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you. The Holy Spirit takes ordinary people and empowers them to do extraordinary things.
Scripture references: Acts 1:3-8; Joel 2:28-29; Mark 5:30
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