Resurrection and Life

Read: John 20:1-8 and John 11:17-26

How do you explain the transformation in the life story of the Apostle Paul?  How do you explain the transformation in the life story of Chuck Colson?  How do you explain the transformation in the life of Beth Moore?  How do you explain the transformation in the life of Lee Strobel?  How do you explain the transformation in the life of ……  (add your story or another one that you have heard before).

If you do not know the stories of Chuck, Beth, and Lee I encourage you to “Google” them or look them up on Wikipedia. The story of Paul can be found in the Bible in the book of Acts chapters 9-28.  When Jesus said that he was the resurrection and the life he was also saying, “I can bring resurrection and hope to you and your situation, which in turn will bring life, hope, and joy.”  These people and multitudes of others have experienced that in their lives.

Have you?

When Jesus was speaking to Lazarus’ sister Martha in John 11 he asked the “BIG” question, “Do you believe this?”  Just before that he said, “The one who believes in me will live!”  This has nothing to do with worldly success necessarily.  Many people who have had their lives transformed through Christ were successful in the eyes of the world.  However, when they gave their life to Christ and “believed” they found a new life that only Jesus can provide for us.

This world is filled with sin, greed, disappointments, and heartache.  It is impossible to go through life without being touched by those and other life-sapping things.  But with Jesus as your Lord and Savior you have hope.  As Pastor Rob Fuquay says, “Christian faith offers hope because it faces death (and other life-sapping things) and moves through it, not around it.  It means that pain, disappointment, and heartache are not final realities.”

We should remember what John Stott once said, “Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection.”   May that evidence take root in each of our lives and may we allow the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to transform any and every part of our lives.

Make it personal: One of the songs that was most likely sung in many churches this past Sunday is “Christ Arose” (we sang it at AMC).  The words to the final verse seem to be our testimony as Christians, “Death cannot keep his prey, Jesus my Savior!  He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!”

Have a wonderful week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church