Do you have trouble making the transition between the
historical Christ of the New Testament and the living Christ of today?
In reality He is the same person. He changes not. The one whom we
worship and serve today is the same one who walked the dusty roads of Galilee, was
crucified and rose again.
We limit Christ when we say that He is able to do all that He said He
would do in our lives, but we do not appropriate Him by faith today. The promises of Jesus
are absolutely trustworthy. Do you believe all that is written in His Book?
We see Him walking on water, healing the sick, opening the eyes of
the blind, making the deaf to hear, loosing the tongue-tied, restoring the crippled limbs,
casting out demons, stilling the violent storms on Lake Galilee, and bringing the dead to
life again. We seem to have no problem believing these great historical events in the life
of Jesus Christ. We believe without question that He did all this, but do we believe He
will do it in the here and now? More importantly, do we believe that He is sovereign in
our lives today? Do we expect Him to break in upon us any moment during the day? Are we
genuinely surprised when He intervenes in our lives? Is there a tendency to doubt and
disbelieve when He does startle us with His divine presence?
Do we treat the words of Jesus impersonally? Jesus told His friend
Martha, Your brother will rise again (John 11:23). Instead of taking the words
of Jesus as a promise to trust in that moment of crisis she pushed the words of Jesus
aside and referred them to the future life when every believer will rise again.
Martha does something we moderns do. She did not receive them
personally and act upon them immediately. We say to ourselves these apply to the far
distant past or the distant future. Or we think this is for other people who are better
than us, or more spiritual, but not for me in my situation.
We get nothing out of the promises of God if we do not appropriate
them by faith. What a difference Christ makes in our lives when we say, This is for
me. What if it really is true that Christ lives in me? Lord Jesus, this is the most
difficult situation I have ever been in my life. I cannot do this by myself, but I know
you can raise the dead and therefore you can do everything you so chose to do. Give me
your grace and strength for this hour. Here am I work through me.
Jesus has not changed; He is the Resurrection and Life and wherever
He is there is abundant life. Jesus is here with you and me right now. He is Life. He
gives us abundant spiritual life. Just as Christ raised Lazarus from the physical death,
He has raised you and me to spiritual life. If you are a believer, you have this new life
in Christ and He now dwells in you. As you make yourself available to Him He lives His
life to the maximum in and through you.
We were dead in trespasses and sins, but when Christ came into our
lives we were given life through His holy presence.
Jesus promised Martha, He who believes in me will live, even
though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die (John 11:25-26).
It is a great comfort and assurance that the believer, having
received eternal life, will never be lost again. Moreover, there is assurance that our
problems of physical death are answered by his physical resurrection. Just as Christ was
raised form the dead and is alive so we too will rise again and live with Him through all
Are you dead, or are you alive? In whom are you trusting for life?
Are you appropriating by faith His abundant life today?
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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