Friday, April 25, 2008

Rise again

Today’s Reading: John 11:21-22 (NIV)

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give You whatever You ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Good morning!

Martha was convinced that Jesus could save her brother. Martha’s faith in Christ was stronger than the stench of death coming from outside her brother’s tomb. Do we trust the Lord enough to let Him resurrect our lives today?

This is the time when we need to experience the resurrection power of Jesus Christ! We need to understand there is more to our lives than living in the self-service lane. The creature comforts we surround ourselves with do not have the power to make us happy or bring us eternal peace of mind. We cannot buy our way into a personal relationship with the Lord, no matter how hard we try. Faith is a gift from God. Do you personally know the gift giver?

For many months now, I have been mentally preparing to attend our denomination’s General Conference. The day has finally arrived! My husband and I will stand this weekend in worship, singing praises to our Lord, alongside thousands of United Methodist Christians from around the world. Together, we will experience the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. We need the church of Jesus Christ to rise again! It is His resurrection hope that I cling to today.

Martha trusted Jesus enough to know that whatever He asked for, the Father would give Him. Jesus assured Martha that her brother would rise again! Do we trust Jesus enough to know that when He intercedes to the Father on our behalf, He will receive whatever He asks? If it is truly our desire to experience a resurrection in Jesus Christ, will it not happen here and now?

Pray for the church to rise again through the power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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