Do I Wonder Enough?

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. Luke 24:2-4

Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. Luke 24:12

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” Oswald Chambers

 

Three Things to Remember about Faith…

 

  1. Faith is never proven

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

 

  1. Faith comes from remembering

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

 

  1. Faith comes from wonder

 

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Matthew 13:58

Do I Care Enough?

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it… Luke 19:37-38, 41

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)

If we want to care more we have to remember:

 

  1. Compassion requires proximity

 

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14 (The Message)

 

  1. Compassion requires passion

 

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9: 23 (NLT)

Am I Good Enough?

Four things that we learn from the rich young ruler:

 

First, his view of his goodness was superficial & empty.

 

You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. Luke 18:20-21

 

Secondly, he was not as good a person as he thought he was.

 

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20

 

“You shall have no other gods before me!” Exodus 20:3

 

Third, he knew that he was not good enough.

 

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 18:18

 

Fourth, he was unwilling to do the one thing that was necessary.

 

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Luke 18:24

 

Something to Think About…

  • Even good people need to be saved.
  • You can never be good enough to earn salvation
  • All can be saved but not everyone will because some refuse to give in to God.
  • Good people and bad people are both saved by repenting of their sins and placing your faith in Jesus. (Acts 20:20-21)

I AM the Resurrection

What Jesus says about himself:

I am God (John 6:35)                                           I am the moral compass (John 8:12)

I am all inclusive (John 10:7)                           I am protective (John 10:11)

I am the access point (John 14:6)                    I am the source (John 15:1)

 

Here is what Jesus is saying when he says I Am the Resurrection…

 

I am LIFE ITSELF

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

 

So what does that mean for us today, right now, at this moment?

 

  1. Life is available even if you don’t fully understand

 

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:21

 

  1.  Death dies when LIFE walks into the room.

 

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. John 11:33, 38

 

  1. You are alive even if you feel dead inside

 

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. John 11:38-39

 

Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Mark 16:2-4