Formations lesson for April 11: Practicing Resurrection : Friday, March 19, 2004
March 18 2004 by Linda Jones

Formations lesson for April 11: Practicing Resurrection : Friday, March 19, 2004
Friday, March 19, 2004

Formations lesson for April 11: Practicing Resurrection

By Linda Jones
Luke 24:1-12

By now, many of us have seen the movie, "The Passion of the Christ." We've encountered Jesus in a profound, new way. We were there! We watched His suffering and we suffered with Him. We cried as He was beaten.

When Simon carried the cross, did you wish you could help carry it too? We watched Jesus' response to His enemies. Oh, how I wanted to hate them. They were so full of evil and hate. Yet He loved them still. "Father forgive them. They do not know what they are doing."

The Unexpected

Luke 24:1-5

The women had gone to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with spices they had prepared. Something totally unexpected happened. Can you imagine being part of that scene? Two men in dazzling clothes appear. The women were terrified.

Day after day, our lives are often filled with routine. And suddenly, the unexpected appears! We expected our day to be the same and now it is turned upside down - an illness, a car accident, a misunderstanding, conflict, cancer, and loss. We are scared, perplexed. "How can this happen to me," we say!

In verse 5, the two men remind the women of Jesus' words: "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen." God had kept His promise. Psalms 110:4 says: "The Lord has taken an oath and will not break His vow."

Remembering His Promises

Luke 24:5-8

Just a short time before, during the Last Supper, Jesus had told the disciples what was going to happen. "But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there" (Matt. 26: 32). Now, the two men/angels were reminding them, "Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified and on the third day rise again."

How quickly we forget, especially when the unexpected happens.

What are the promises that God has given to you?
  • Eternal life - "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in Me and will never perish" (John 11:25,26).
  • His presence - "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb. 13:5).
  • Wisdom - "If you need wisdom, if you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you" (James 1:5).
  • Purpose in living - "For I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • What are some things we could participate in that would help us to remember His promises? (daily devotions, journaling, prayer, ministry, sharing our story).

    Tell Your Story

    Luke 24:9-12

    Everyone loves a story! Stories are innate to the human experience. As far back as the cavemen writing on the walls of a cave, we have listened to and told stories. Stories are personal - they speak to the heart.

    Luke 14:9 tells us that the 11 and all the others did not believe the women, but Peter went to see for himself.

    People may not believe our story but they will listen to it and sometimes, just like Peter, they will go and see for themselves.

    Jesus said: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." And in Acts 1:8 He said: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and in Samaria."

    Who are two or three people who don't have a personal relationship with Jesus that you could build a friendship with? Hang out together, just love them with no strings attached.

    Look for open windows, dropped clues - where you attend church and where you're involved.

    Look for opportunities to gently turn the conversation to spiritual matters. Take a risk - simply tell your own story.

    God wants to be a blessing to all the nations through you. Whose life could you influence by telling your story? Whose life could you change?

    3/18/2004 11:00:00 PM by Linda Jones | with 0 comments

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