Jesus is back; Jesus is alive; Jesus is with His disciples; Jesus is still teaching? Really?
It is an amazing story! I totally understand Doubting Thomas! My loved ones that have passed are gone; I no longer see them in the flesh; I so long to see them; where are they? I need assurance! If we are to have everlasting life, could it not be on Earth? Terra firma is the only home I know, the only place to live that I know. Why haven’t my precious loved ones come back in the flesh to greet me and assure me that they are happy, well, and no longer suffering? Jesus did, why can’t they?
I will go to Your Word for comfort and understanding-not mine-but Your revelation printed there for me; the Divinely inspired Word You instructed to lead us all home.
Mark 16:9-11 Living Bible
It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus came back to life, and the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. She found the disciples wet-eyed with grief and exclaimed that she had seen Jesus, and he was alive! But they didn’t believe her!
John 20:24-29 The Message
But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.” But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.” Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.” Thomas said, “My Master! My God!” Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
John 21: 3-14 The Message
After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him. Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.” He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!” When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea. The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it. Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.” Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore—153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip. Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master. Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.
Dear Lord, I am not doubting what happened to Jesus; I am not questioning His resurrection, I am not doubting everlasting life, I’m not! I just want to experience the return, if just for a little while, of those I love, those that have passed from this life to the next. I am sure it would give me a jolt should that really happen. Would it be too scary for me? Would it replace the need for me to commune with You? Would I like what I see too much? Would I fear what I see? What’s next?
Revelation 4:1 The Message
Then I looked, and, oh!—a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.”
Revelation 22: 1-5 The Message
Then the Angel showed me Water-of-Life River, crystal bright. It flowed from the Throne of God and the Lamb, right down the middle of the street. The Tree of Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for healing the nations. Never again will anything be cursed. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer God service—worshiping, they’ll look on his face, their foreheads mirroring God. Never again will there be any night. No one will need lamplight or sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs. And they will rule with him age after age after age.
It is recorded in Your Word; Your Word is Truth; I do believe Your Word; help my disbelief.
Mark 9:23-24 The Message
Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” No sooner were the words out of His mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”
Dear Lord, thank You for Easter Words, Resurrection words of comfort, promise, and hope. We are blessed beyond all blessings for the events, over two thousand years ago, of that vital week!
Victory In Jesus
A hymn by Eugene Bartlett 1939
I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.
I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow’r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow Jesus came and bro’t
To me the victory.
I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there
The song of victory.
Jolt to surprise or shock someone