April Greetings from Ros
This month we continue our journey with the Risen Lord, following the events of Easter. I've recently been exploring the resurrection appearances of Jesus in the Gospel accounts as I've been planning the next series of services. I've found myself relating to the various disciples as they encountered the risen Lord.
He lives, He Lives, Christ Jesus lives to day! He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!. You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.
Peter is always an encouragement with his tendency to get things so right and so wrong! He's far from perfect and often failed to mkae the connections and failed to understand. I've certainly been prone to do that.
Thomas has also been a source of encouragement. He was the one who kissed out to begin with as he wasn't there when Jesus appeared to the other disciples, but he didn't miss out completely as he had a special encounter of his own. Sometimes we are disappointed because we feel we are being missed out as we see God at work in other people's lives or other parts of the world. But we have to trust that our time will come!
Mary had a special encounter in the garden where she was called by name and given a task to undertake - to go and tell the other disciples what she had seen. We likewise are known by name by Jesus and he desires to speak to us in our situations and to use us to speak to others of who he is and what he has done for us.
Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus journeyed with Jesus without knowing it. How often do we fail to recongnise Jesus at work in our lives?
I serve a risen Saviour. He's in the world today. I know that he is living, whatever men may say. I see his hand of mercy; I hear his voice of cheer; and just the time I need him he's always near...
This month we are walking the road with Jesusas we look at what he had to say to the disciples following his resurrection. We will see what was on his heart and what he saw as being important for him to teach his disciples about prior to his leaving them to return to heaven. But of course that made way for the arrival of the Holy Spirit as 'God with us' in a new way. Sometimes what Jesus said to the disciples in that time period appears to be contradictory, but when placed in the big picture of preparing the disciples for their roles within his mission to reach the world with his message of love it begins to make sense. Let's enjoy the jounrney of exploration over the next few weeks.
Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)