Sunday, April 14, 2013
HE IS RISEN – ALL THINGS NEW
What Happened after Jesus was Crucified?
Pastor Dan Burchett
Written by Lance Paul Fisher
Colossians 2:6-7 (TNIV)
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
As we continue to develop our relationship with God, we are continually transformed: from guilt to forgiveness, from inadequacy to meaningful purpose and from fear to confidence. In the 40 days following the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, everyone was fearful and uncertain of their fate. They felt as though they lost their identity before He reveasled himself. This all changed as He worked with His disciples before His ascension to abandon the old and begin with the new way of life He gave them. A life possible of thankfulness and unconditional love. We have become recreated into loving and productive beings.
We are not reformed, rehabilitated or reeducated and need not fear our life experiences. We experience joy and strength in our recreation. This is an internal work that works itself out over time for the engaged follower of Christ. In our relationship with Him, He works with us from the inside out. With this in mind, He asks each and every one to stop studying the subject and start living it through life experiences. All too often we get caught up in the words and forget the application to life.
Therefore, don’t boast or be thankful for the miracles and the gifts He gives us, be thankful that your name is written in the book of life and do not adopt an air of superiority when sharing your gifts with others. Live it and demonstrate it. People will see the wonderful things growing in your life.
When moving from where you are now to where He will guide you:
• Stay on the journey – never ever walk away from God…your troubles will get worse as you will not be under His protection.
• God is loving, gentle, and patient with our transformation process –remember we ARE being transformed and transformation is never easy.
• All of life is the process…be patient with yourself in your journey and you cannot help but grow in wisdom and all things good.
Our faith is constantly tested and when we persevere we end up on the road to spiritual maturity.
• we have encountered the living Christ
• respond with an “all things new” faith
• Don’t be afraid…
• We are recreated not rehabilitated
• Live what you have learned
• Take the path of persistence and maturity -never give up…