“Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Jesus does not scold Thomas. Instead he gives him the evidence he needs and gently invites him to believe. In response, Thomas speaks one of the greatest affirmations in Jesus ever recorded. How do we as leaders deal with those who doubt our plans and strategies for ministry and for change? What might Jesus’ dealing with Thomas teach us? It is easy to grow discouraged with those who don’t agree with me Lord. Teach me, by Your Spirit, to respond with patience and grace.
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb…”In her grief, Mary is at the tomb. She is there early, in darkness. The resurrection light dawns on her before many others. Jesus speaks powerfully into her life, because she is there, at the tomb, on the first day, early, in the darkness. Where are you these days in your life? Do you seek the Lord in the high places, in the exuberant celebrations, in the noise? Sometime we find him by the tomb places. He is risen! Resurrect us Lord!
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” There is a down-to-earth, real and practical relevance to our need for a Savior. It’s not just a theological, intellectual ideal. Jesus’ saving work through cross and resurrection mean we can receive mercy and find grace to help us in everyday living and leading. Where do you need mercy and grace today? Lord Jesus, thank you for mercy and grace; help me to find them each day in You.
“If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation…and your faith have been in vain.” Just how important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ to Christian faith? In some places “resurrection” has been envisioned as a myth, a story of new beginnings, a story of the disciples with a renewed memory of Jesus and his ideals and mission. Is this enough? What is the purpose of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-28)? What does this mean for our lives, the church, and our faith and the witness of our proclamation? Your Kingdom come, your will be done, Lord Jesus. Amen.
|“…We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God’s power.” When we are giving out in ministry it is easy to forget it is not our energy that produces for God, rather God’s power that works through us. Are there places I am trying to do things in my own strength? What happens when I seek to accomplish God’s will in my ways?” Christ is risen! May the power of God that raised Christ from the dead bring life to me and my ministry. Amen.|