Monday, April 22, 2019

Trusting the Risen Christ

The disciples believed until the cross -- led to grief, doubt, great fear.  All they had believed was shattered.- John 20:19

Then the Resurrection ... (+ 40 days with the risen Christ and Pentecost) -- Acts. 2:36
Transformed the disciples completely.

POINT = Their Belief became TRUST!!
Example:  Demons believe but don't rely on, put their fate in His hands

Clarify:  After the Resurrection - disciples still confused!!
BUT now TRUST Him - in spite of situations, circumstances
                                    - in spite of confusion
                                    - in spite of His physical absence.

NOW = "I still don't understand!! BUT ... I'll trust you ... with my life, my fate, my future ... come what may!! 

To this ALL disciples are called (US)
But how to get there?? Develop that trust??

So... Look at some of the realizations that helped the disciples come to that degree of trust.

After the Resurrection, + 40 days + Pentecost, the disciples came to fully recognize:

I.  His Authority - essential, primary thing   
Definition:  The power or right to give orders and enforce obedience

On one hand, they'd seen that (examples:  miracles, demons, death - Lazarus)
However, death had triumphed over Him!!
UNTIL the Resurrection!!! --- Matt. 28:18

II.  His Ability displayed .. All Authority and All Power - Omnipotence
Problem:  IF able to produce good, prevent evil, correct wrongs, THEN why doesn't He??

On one hand the disciples didn't necessarily have answer to that ...
However, they had also learned to trust in.....

III>  His Goodness - examples:  John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, 1 John 4:10
Still faced grief, suffering, evil, opposition, death!!!
But now convinced ... He's deal with it ... in His way!!   in His time!!!

Also convinced by:
IV.  His Concern - not just for "sheep" plural  (John 3:16), also for "sheep" SINGULAR!! - Matt. 10:29-31 - every single sheep

Examples:  lost sheep?  (go find it)  lost coin?  (search for it)
And so..... 1 Pet. 5:7

V.  His Presence - Matt. 28:19-20 = last words!!
Example:  Job - never got answers, but Presence was enough!!

VI.  His Involvement
more than a present observer ... = active companion!!
So Paul ----  Rom. 8:28, Phil. 1:6

And (of course)
VII.  His Return 
when He'll dispel all darkness, correct all wrongs

Objection!!  if I had their experience(s)
Partial Answer ... John 11:38-40
  We say  "show me your glory and I'll believe"
  He says - "believer and I'll show you my glory"

Doesn't mean IF you believer, you'll get the sign, miracle you desire - no guarantee will get
Does mean believe and you'll see, perceive, experience glimpse .. all you need to TRUST!!

Pre-Christian - Salvation simple as ABC - Rom. 10:9-11
    Admit - you = sinner in need of Savior
    Believe - He died for sin, rose to life
    Confess - Him ... AS LORD, as your LORD!!

Christian :  Col. 2:6  - "as received, so walk"

Closing Scripture:  Eph. 3:14-21

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