God Is Always Alive -- Everywhere!
"And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: snd as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?" (Luke 24:2-5)
In Luke 24, Jesus had already been crucified and buried in the tomb. The people who loved Him were heartbroken. Three women went to Jesus' tomb, only to find it empty. As they wonder what happened, two angels reminded them that Jesus had taught His disciples He would rise up again after three days. The angels told the women that Jesus was not dead anymore--He is now among the living!
When the women told this to the rest of Jesus' disciples, they did not believe the news. Peter and John ran to the tomb, and they also found it empty. They believed, but they were still very confused about what had really happened and where Jesus was if He was not in His grave!
A couple days later, two other followers of Jesus were walking along on a road with a stranger who had joined them. They did not realize it at first, but it turned out that the stranger was Jesus Himself, and He preached to them a message that showed the Gospel story from the Old Testament until His resurrection. Imagine how it would be if Jesus Himself came and talked over the Gospel with you, with His scarred hands and feet and all His knowledge of the Scriptures!
It was not until later that the men finally realized who had been walking and talking with them. In Luke 24:32, they say, "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"
Does your heart ever "burn within" you when you hear the Gospel story preached? If you are a believer, do you spend time thinking about what Jesus Christ's resurrection means for you personally? Are you confused like Jesus' disciples were at first, or have you really come to understand that Jesus is no longer dead? When we talk to Jesus and seek to know Him better, we need to remember to seek for Him among the living. He is not just a story. He is not a dead and buried historical prophet. He is God--so He is everywhere at once--and He is alive!
Jesus Christ is living, not dead! We can seek Him anytime, anywhere.
» Do I sometimes pray or listen to preaching as though the Gospel were just a pretend story?
» What habits would I change if I really believed and acted like God is alive and everywhere?
» How can remembering that Jesus has power over death help me be brave in fighting sin and sharing the Gospel?
Truth In Real Life
“There are two things about the Gospel – believe it and behave it.”
Susanna Annesley Wesley was born in London on January 20, 1669, as a pastor’s daughter and as the youngest of 25 children. Her experiences growing up, then, prepared her both for life as a pastor’s wife and life as a mother. Susanna was homeschooled and was often taught by friends of her well-respected father.
One of these young tutors was Samuel Wesley. When Susanna was 20 years old, she and Samuel got married. When Samuel Wesley became a preacher, Susanna entered the ministry with him, excited about the things of God. Life in the ministry, however, was harder than Susanna expected. Deism – a religious system which denies that Jesus Christ is God alone – was popular, and made it difficult for the Wesleys to teach the Gospel of the Bible.
Despite their hardships, Susanna lived for Christ. She gave birth to 19 children during her lifetime, although only nine of them lived to be adults. Two of her children, John and Charles, would grow up to be famous preachers and writers. Her influence in their lives was important!
Susanna’s place in Christian history is marked by two choices she made: First of all, she determined to have time alone with God every day. When she wanted to pray, she would take her apron and pull it over her face and her children knew that she was not to be disturbed.
Second, Susanna determined that she wanted God to use her, no matter how large or small the task. She often said, “I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified.”
She once wrote this about how important she had come to believe that her time with God ought to be:
I will tell you what rule I observed when I was young and too much addicted to childish diversions – never to spend more time in mere recreation in one day than I spent in private religious devotions.
Do you spend as much time with God as you should? How devoted are you to entertainment and recreation? Do these things help to shape you into a Gospel-living person that God will use to glorify Himself? Are you believing and behaving the Gospel in your everyday life?
Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.