In the Aftermath of the Resurrection


The Resurrection is history! It happened about 2,000 years ago. It is one of the two greatest events of all of time. However, that was then and this is “now.” Is the Resurrection only a fact of history? Did God put a period after the event? End of story? No way! For context, let’s take just one of the amazing things that transpired in the aftermath of the Resurrection. Peter’s God-given message had just come to an end in Acts 2:39. In Verses 40-41, the Holy Spirit recorded the response: “And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added (unto them) about three thousand souls.” The Presence of Jesus living in Peter accomplished this! This was just one incident among a countless number of times that Jesus’ Presence in His people has profoundly impacted others. The wish is often expressed by true Christians that things like this would happen today. “Come, Holy Spirit,” by John W. Peterson, is a musical expression of this longing for God’s working today: “The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, He came in mighty fullness then; His witness thru believers won the lost, and multitudes were born again. The early Christians scattered o’er the world, they preached the Gospel fearlessly; tho some were martyred and to lions hurled, they marched along in victory! Then in an age when darkness gripped the earth, The just shall live by faith” was learned; The Holy Spirit gave the church new birth as reformation fires burned. In later years the great revivals came, when saints would seek the Lord and pray; O once again we need that holy flame to meet the challenge of today! Come, Holy Spirit, dark is the hour; we need Your filling, Your love and Your mighty pow’r! Move now among us, stir us, we pray; come, Holy Spirit, revive the church today!” This can be experienced today! Jesus is in all who have been born again but only as He reigns in us, filling us with Himself, can we expect to be revived. Selah! Once the temple (our inner being) is pure, we can expect the release of His power.  Ron

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