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We Christians have a clear and precise call: "Go and make disciples". Are we doing doing this? Are you made being a disciple and does this spur you to go out and do this same thing at our jobs, in our communities, within our churches? Do we draw near and hear God's call just as Mozes did? Are we as faithful as he was?
We are plagued with disbelief, doubt, disillusionment, dashed hopes, hardness of heart and a dull, even selectively spiritual memory. All the “proof” in the world can be laid out, but unless Jesus lifts the ‘blinders’, you will be unconvinced and unaffected—heartless. The resurrected Jesus changes the heartless into joy-filled followers.
Things don’t always turn out the way we think they should or the way we wanted them to at the time. We have our own idea how the perfect scenario should unfold and how we end up happily ever after.
Do you read and study God's Word (Bible) to learn the truth it holds? Or are you seeing the miraculous signs, but still not believe in Him? Do you believe in Jesus but don't proclaim His name in public out of fear what the world might say and think of you? Do you love praise of man more then praise of God?
What is faith? It is a radical trust and loyalty to God. It can't be know if it is not revealed to you. Faith can't come from self or from the world. It can only come from God, because He made it known. Without faith we can't imagine the things we have faith for. Faith is a response from God revealing Himself to us. It is a divine gift of grace and our response to it.
In John 21:24-29 we see Thomas unable to relate with the joy the other disciples have because he has not seen the risen Christ. As doubt plagues his mind, he comes up with conditions for him to be able to believe that God has resurrected Jesus after the bloody cross. Where is it that we demand proof before we believe? Listen and hear about a God who comes to give us peace and open our eyes in the midst of doubt and unbelief.
In order to truly and meaningfully celebrate Christmas, we must prepare our hearts for our Saviour. But we are often deterred when we feel that God has been inactive in our lives, when our hearts are full of disappointment, or when we underestimate what God can do. This sermon looks into Luke 1:5-25 and testifies that God is always at work – even in the silence, in the midst of our disappointments, and despite our unbelief.
A look into a faith that doesn't save and one that does.
What we learn from Mark’s account in 16:1-8 is this: Regardless of how bad you have blown it, no one is beyond the restoring love God in Christ. If, like Peter, you blow it big time and fall into a great sin after you become a Christian, do not throw away your confidence in the restoring love of God for you in Christ. This passage teaches us to not expect condemnation, wrath, abandonment, rejection, conditional grace, embarrassment, demands of penance and acts of contrition, etc… What then are we to expect? We are going to see that our Triune God’s response in Christ is not what we expect but it is the best news we could ever receive. Even even in the face of unbelief by the women who were expecting decomposition rather than resurrection, even when all of Christ’s disciples left Him and fled in fear in the face of great temptation and trial and even when Peter outright denied Jesus, Mark shows us that Jesus is reaching out to all of them in restoring love! Mark makes special mention of Peter because he is the heaviest of them all. He blew it the worst! Because Mark’s account gives special mention of Peter, this removes all doubt of His love for them all! Mark's account of Jesus' resurrection reveals what the love of our Triune God in Christ does, namely it scatters our despair and assures us that we still have a place of acceptance and love in the Father’s heart despite our ongoing sin.