We have just celebrated Resurrection Sunday and I hope that we are encouraged to trust Jesus, to believe in Jesus, and to have faith in Jesus. Because the substance of the Christian life and the evidence of the Christian walk is faith. So much of how God wants us to live as believers is in the arena of hope and the field of the unseen.
Maybe you think that your life is too messed up, or too far gone for God to do anything with it. You might even feel like God cannot save you. If you feel that way I want you to be encouraged. I am reminded of the thief on the cross. He was crucified along with Jesus. His life is coming to an end. He asked Jesus to remember him when He comes into His kingdom. Jesus assures him that today he will be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43). Your too late is not too late for God.
I want us to understand that Jesus wasn’t just raised from the dead and then just disappeared. He remained here on the earth for forty days. He fellowshipped with His disciples. He ate with them, met with them, and began to teach them how to live for Him and minister to lost and the hopeless.
There is a story in Luke 24 about a man named Cleopas. After the crucifixion he is bewildered. It seems that all hope is lost because Jesus has been put to death. He and his companion are heartbroken. As you read the story you realize that they are speaking in the past tense, “He was…”. In other words, all hope is lost because Jesus is no longer living.
The indication is that Jesus is no longer relevant to the present. We cannot allow for our experience of Jesus to be in the past. We must keep Him in front of us. We can all look back and remember exciting testimonies that we have heard, or even remember the places that Christ has intersected our lives. But what about now? Is Jesus a bright reality to us now? Are we always aware of His presence?
There will constantly be a great number of things , if we allow them, that will wrestle our attention away from God. Work, routine, ill health, the list goes on. Anyone of these things can grind us down to the point where we carry on only mechanically, where we never lift our eyes, or minds from the dust of the road that we are travelling.
And we lose sight of the glory and strength of His presence. We can even come to a place that life loses its meaning. But this story gives us hope. Our situation does not change who He is. Just because we do not feel His presence, at times, and He seems unseen to us, does not mean that He is not walking with us.
If God is for us…who can be against us? May God keep you and bless you, and make His face to shine upon you.