Talk About Visual Impact!

Those early believers were disappointed, discouraged and struggling with the question of where do we go from here. Their hopes were dashed, their dreams unrealized, their thoughts in disarray. The One they had trusted in was dead; the prospects they had, the plans they thought were working out, were overturned. Freedom from Roman tyranny was no longer possible, or so they thought. Add to that, claims of an empty tomb had reached them. These claims were greeted with unbelief. Peter went and checked, found it to be true. He was left puzzled and pondering. Not long after, they received a “shock” so great as to defy articulation. Imagine, you attend a funeral, you observe the dead body of the deceased in the coffin, you witness the burial, and you leave the graveside. A few days later, you are with friends and all of a sudden, you look and there is the dead person, very much alive! Wouldn’t you be shocked? Robert Lowry, in his hymn, “Low in the Grave He Lay,” expresses the wonder of His return to life: “Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior, vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave He arose; with a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!” In Luke 24, the Stranger that had joined Himself to two downcast followers on the Emmaus road revealed to them Who He was and then vanished. These two immediately went to Jerusalem to the eleven. Verses 34-37 record this: “….The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things (were done) in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace (be) unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.” Selah! Once the reality struck them, they were transformed into vibrant and bold witnesses, drawing on His indwelling Presence and power. Has the reality gripped us? Are we drawing on His Presence and power? If not, why not? When will we start?   Ron

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