EASTER IN A PANDEMIC

No one had ever died like this before. Stephen Mansfield, the author of the book, Killing Jesus, wrote, “Then comes the first strike of the flagellum. It is devastating. The lictor does not slap the leather against his victim. Instead, he swings the flagellum so as to partially wrap its straps around the victim’s torso. Then, once the jagged bits of the leather have bitten into flesh, the lictor yanks the flagellum in reverse. Skin tears. Blood gushes. Pieces of muscle and sinew, even chips of bone, fly into the air. The body is torn apart.”

Even those used to administering such brutal scourging, had never witnessed bloodshed like this. Perhaps they even wanted to stop, but the blood lust of demons provided the moral depravity necessary to drive them on. By morning, He was not recognizable. By afternoon, He was nailed to a cross.

The angels grieved and wondered, “Is the human race worth this?” But something even more terrible lay in store for Jesus.

He became sin. The entire weight of mankind’s iniquity was placed upon Him. And then something even worse happened. A sensation Jesus had never known before—an agony transcending everything He had yet endured. His Father’s presence left Him. His humanity screamed, “Why have You forsaken Me?”

Yet, Jesus remained on the cross, enduring greater suffering than anyone has ever known. Why? Because He chose to suffer for you and for me. He stayed there, knowing He could pull the trigger of global destruction, call 80,000 angels, and in an instant, be safe and pain-free, in heaven. But He chose to remain on that cross, until the price was paid in full.

All through history, Satan had been working toward this moment, ever since the prophecy that a redeemer, the Seed of Adam and Eve, would someday come and bruise his head (Gen. 3:15). The devil did everything imaginable to sabotage God’s plan of redemption. But, in the end, his own evil arrogance was his undoing. He should have known that he could never have brought about the death of the Son of God, unless the Father was involved.

Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished.” Satan took that to mean, that Jesus had surrendered. It was his worst miscalculation.

Plans backfire. But as a description for this debacle of the devil, the word ‘backfire’ isn’t even in the same universe. This was a mistake of such cosmic proportions, that it will take eternity to unpack just how mistaken Satan was.

Even Paul couldn’t grasp its enormity, all he could say was that “…none of the rulers of this age realized; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8). The rulers of this age would never have fulfilled so many prophecies In fact, you can imagine the devil muttering for the millionth time, “I never should have done it.”

While Satan was saying, “What have I done?” there was a miracle taking place at the tomb. The enemies of Christ remembered something the disciples didn’t. Jesus had told them that He would rise again. His enemies knew that if someone came and stole the body of Jesus, it would keep the young movement alive.

The Romans positioned soldiers all around the tomb, and they hammered a Roman seal into the stone. That meant anyone violating that seal would be killed. It also meant that the Roman guards would be killed if the body of Jesus, which they were supposed to be guarding, was stolen. That fact not only destroys the argument that someone stole the body—it proves that Jesus rose from the dead.

If they wanted to destroy the narrative that Jesus had risen from the dead, the Jews and Romans had only to produce His body, but they couldn’t. And the reason is that Jesus truly had risen from the dead. Over two thousand years later—after every conceivable argument has been leveled at the Easter story, it remains irrefutable, and will always remain so.

What does that mean to us in the 21st century church, sequestered on this Easter Sunday?  It means so much, that I will barely be able to scratch the surface in this message. First, it means that many things that we only think matter do not matter. God raised Jesus from the dead, and nothing else really matters. No one can argue Christianity isn’t true. Dwell on that for a moment.

The stone was rolled away. Jesus rose from the dead. The Roman seal was broken, the soldiers were stunned like dead men, and then they were paid to lie about what happened. It doesn’t matter that on this Easter Sunday, we can’t meet in church buildings, because we can meet God in power. He is risen!

It doesn’t matter what the government, or the scientists, or the politicians do and say.  He is risen!

We need to stop apologizing for something that is an historically proven event. It really happened. No need to be nice and sweet in telling the world about Jesus Christ, or being in fear that they’ll reject us. We should be bold, because the resurrection is not some inspirational story to warm the soul, like soup. It is an ironclad reality that is to be declared with conviction!

It doesn’t matter what the devil has said. His lies don’t count. His threats don’t matter. Jesus is risen!

Sure, we are at home today, but the angels anticipated that. Sure, we see the pastor on a screen instead of in person, but the Holy Spirit is ready for that. We have lost nothing that matters. The fact that Jesus is risen is the only thing that matters.

Pastor, do not get on Zoom and console the sheep—fire them up! Do not be the therapist this morning, be the lion who shouts, “GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN YOU, THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD!”

Don’t preach to us about ‘making the best of this situation.’ Don’t keep saying, “It will be over soon, and we will be back to normal.” We have lost nothing that matters, in the light of eternity. The fact that Jesus is risen, is the only thing that matters!

HE IS RISEN!                                                                              

HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

MARY MAGDALENE THE DAY JESUS DIED

One of the greatest cruelties—if not the greatest in history—was done to Mary Magdalene.  She was once sold on the streets. She knew the special insanity of demon possession.  She knew the yawning blackness of total despair.

Then Jesus rescued her.  Jesus cast out seven vicious devils—devils she thought would never leave.  Once deemed human garbage, she is now redeemed and planted into a family of indescribable love.  Things would never be the same.  Her nights of remorse, her days of futility, her shame, her emptiness, were now all distant memories.

For three years she lived a life she could have never imagined, crisscrossing Judea, hanging on Jesus’ every word, weeping gloriously over every miracle.  Each morning, she awakened a more powerful and joyous woman of God!  She thought that this would go on forever.

People use the phrase “nothing could be worse…”  They use it before describing something unimaginably terrible.  I will use it this way: Nothing could be worse than to be in hell, and then taste heaven, only to return back to hell.

 

Then on that fateful Friday, it all went horribly, horribly wrong.  How could the One Who called the dead back to life and silenced a storm at sea, be arrested?  How could the One Who gave words of exquisite beauty, love and wisdom, be tortured and killed?  No one wanted to save Jesus more than Mary.  No one felt more horror and helplessness than she.

That night, profound hope had given way to even deeper bitterness and disappointment.  She must have thought, “If only I had never met Him.  If only He had left me to die in the streets.”  She slept only after exhaustion became more powerful than sorrow.   Too wounded to go on living, and perhaps too tired to commit suicide…

Mary is of special importance to me today, because her testimony is the best one I can think of as we commemorate this Good Friday, in such a dark time as the one we are living in.  Mary’s miracle is the miracle America needs now!

Here’s why: When the first shafts of Sunday morning light stirred her awake, she dreaded it.  If ever a heart was broken beyond repair—if ever a soul would rage against the approach of hope—if ever a woman just wanted to go back to sleep and never wake up, it was Mary.

That is why she was shocked when she felt an odd energy coming over her.  She soon felt an even stranger impulse—to go to the tomb where Jesus lay!  How could she return to the only spot on earth that could reopen her wound?

What overruled her despair?  What fuel was driving her so completely against her common sense and her broken heart?  Paul answers that emphatically! “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).

Do you know any therapist capable of rebuilding the ashes and rubble of her soul?  Can any drug, any teaching, any relationship, reassemble her heart the way the gentle but powerful Comforter could?

We all know about the power of the resurrection: it was the greatest display of power the universe has ever known; even greater than the alleged “big bang” that, theoretically, began the universe. The resurrection sent shock waves through the principalities and powers of darkness.  It shattered Satan’s power and stripped him of the keys of death and Hell (Rev. 1:8).  Jesus set the captives free in the bowels of the earth, and “led captivity captive” (Ephesians 4:8).

But, the first burst of resurrection power was much gentler. Mary was the first human to feel the power of the resurrection.  Her eyes, which were red and sore from sobbing, were now refreshed and clear.  Her arms which had hung limp from heartsick lethargy were now responsive, strong, and full of purpose. She sat up and found hope pumping through her veins. She wondered, “Why!”

A notion seized her, gently, but firmly.  She knew she was to go to the tomb, and she immediately got going!  Washing up, brushing her hair, and quickly getting dressed. All the while the expectancy of an indescribable ‘something’ was building in her soul.  Before she knew it, she was out the door, and charging toward her worst fear.  Only, now, she was not afraid.

She found the tomb vacant. Then she turned and saw Him whom her soul loved.  Many awesome things happened that Easter, but none more wonderful than Mary reunited with her Savior.

In the genetically altered, politically charged, drug addicted, violent purgatory that is America today, Mary Magdalene stands as a poignant figure.  She is the best testimony I can think of for our national dreams that have gone up in smoke.  Our culture has wearied itself with perversion…hunting down everything natural and replacing it with a disfigured counterfeit. It has marched, protested, and boycotted the very color and life out of everything—to the point that everything is a cause for taking offense.

What happened to Mary, is proof that there is nothing better than the Gospel.

America!  This is what you need!

“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons” (Mark 16:9).

JESUS APPEARED FIRST TO MARY!  He had never forgotten her. He knew she was suffering the most, so He healed this precious soul first!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THERE IS PROOF

Jesus rose from the dead. The Bible says there is proof.  Acts 17:31 “For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”
Because of this proof we should not cower before the culture or present our case in apologetic terms. We should not sheepishly offer Christ in couched terms or clever words. Most of all, we should not accept a faith that believes only part of the story.
Recently, a poll said that a growing number of Christian youth do not believe it is right to share their faith with those who do not believe. This trend violates the Bible. It disobeys the direct command of Christ to go into all the world and make disciples. (Mark 16:15)
This reticence to share is rooted in doubt about the supernatural origin of Christianity. The same Jesus who rose from the Dead is the One Who said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:12).  Since, He is the only Way, then the only thing we can do is share with all men, all faiths, and all nations the one true Way to God.
There is a growing embarrassment about being Christian.  There are false accusations of racism and tyranny that today’s professors attribute to the teachings of Jesus. This makes young believers shy and confused about how to answer the lies.  A good start is to realize how absurd those charges are. To claim that tyranny and racism rose out of “love your neighbor and forgive your enemies” is not only fallacious, it is ridiculous.

Many young believers do not think the story of Easter is real. That is not just sad it is cruel.  Cruel, because it tortures the young believer into a divided soul. They want to adhere to the morals of Jesus but struggle with the supernatural. That is painful because it is impossible. The veracity of Jesus is inextricably tied to the resurrection.
Generation Z honors Jesus as a great moral teacher. But Jesus claimed He would rise from the dead. If He did not, He lied, and if He lied, He is not a great moral teacher.  Paul took it further by saying, in that case, all of us who preach are liars. Paul went to great lengths to make this point:
1 Corinthians 15: 12 “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead. But He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
The resurrection of Jesus is not just your great hope, it is your great responsibility.  If you don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead you will not go to heaven, and you have no reason to say you are a Christian. The resurrection is even central to the model salvation prayer in Romans 10: 8 “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
“But now is Christ risen.” Those words from Paul should electrify our spirit. You should declare it loud and clear. You should understand that whenever you declare it Satan convulses—angels can’t help but join you in jubilation—and your body, mind, and spirit will instantly shake off the despair of modern life.

PETER THE DAY AFTER

Peter failed in spectacular fashion.  He bragged he would stand with Jesus even if everyone else fled.  He fell asleep in the Garden.  He assaulted the servant of the High Priest.  Though he was warned about it in advance, he went ahead and denied Christ three times.
Here’s a question to everyone who has ever failed: Why did Jesus put the man’s severed ear back on?  (Luke 22:51). We know Peter had taken a sword and had cut it off.  We know why.  We can also guess that Jesus healed Malchus’ ear out of compassion.  But there is something way deeper going on here. What does that have to do with anyone who ever failed?  Everything.
The day after Jesus died wouldn’t have hurt Peter so much if Peter didn’t love Jesus so much.  That he had abandoned Christ began to torment him.  It could have devastated him for the rest of his life.   But right at this point, he doesn’t believe there is a rest of his life.
The day after Jesus died is Peter’s day to hide like a hunted animal.  A day to let it sink in that there is nothing left to live for.  He was a hair’s breadth away from the fate of Judas Iscariot.  Worst of all, he lost his destiny.
Destiny is a mysterious thing.  The same force that can inspire a man to greatness can—in his failure—torture him.  The pain level depends on the size of the destiny.  In the case of Peter, it was massive.
Peter was minding his own business when Jesus interrupted his whole life.  Fishing all night, Peter had caught nothing.   His hands are red and sore from handling the heavy nets.  Every muscle aches. He has nothing to show for a brutal night at sea.
The strange Teacher says, “Let your nets down again for a catch.”  Peter halfheartedly does as he is asked.  The enormous catch terrifies him.  He begs Jesus to keep his distance, “I am a sinful man.”

That’s when he heard the words about his destiny.  “Follow Me and I will make you a fisher of men.”  Then, once more, the day after Jesus has died, Peter is just a fisherman again.  It sticks in his throat to say it.
They say that regret is the cancer of life—if so, on this terrible day, Peter is terminal.  He could have prayed Psalm 69: 1 “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me…”
“I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing” simply means that in the quicksand of despair, nothing that used to help you snap out of it works now.  All of your comfort is gone. There is nothing to grab to save you. You will sink until you vanish.
Now it’s dawn on Sunday.  Peter can’t know that at that moment, an angel is talking about him.  Mark 16:  7 “But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”  The angel added the words “and Peter.”  Why?  Because God knew Peter would have disqualified himself if the invitation was “for disciples only.” Wouldn’t you love to have seen Peter’s face when they told him the angel’s message?
So why did Jesus put the ear back on?  He knew Peter’s destiny, and Peter couldn’t be in prison on the day of Pentecost.  Jesus knew his destiny. He knows yours.

MARY MAGDALENE THE DAY JESUS DIED

One of the greatest cruelties—if not the greatest cruelty in history—was done to Mary Magdalene.  She was once sold on the streets. She knew the special insanity of demon possession.  She knew the yawning blackness of total despair.

Jesus rescued her.  Jesus cast out 7 vicious devils—devils she thought would never leave.  Once deemed human garbage she is now redeemed, and rooted into a family of indescribable love.  Things would never be the same.  Her nights of remorse, her days of futility, her shame, her emptiness were all distant memories.

For 3 years, she lived a life she could have never imagined.  Crisscrossing Judea, hanging on Jesus’ every word, weeping gloriously over every miracle.  Each morning she awakened a more powerful and joyous woman of God!  She thought that this would go on forever.

People use the phrase “nothing could be worse…”  They use it before describing something unimaginably terrible.  I will use it this way: Nothing could be worse than to be in hell, and then taste heaven, only to return to hell.

Then on that fateful day it all went horribly, horribly wrong.  How could the one who called the dead back to life, and silenced a storm at sea be arrested?  How could one who gave words of exquisite beauty, love and wisdom, be tortured and killed.  No one wanted to save Jesus more than Mary.  No one felt more horror and helplessness than she.

That night, profound hope had given way to even deeper bitterness and disappointment.  If only I had never met him.  If only he had left me to die in the streets.  She slept only after exhaustion became more powerful than sorrow.   Too wounded to go on living.  Maybe too tired to commit suicide.

Mary matters to me today because her testimony is the best one I can think of on this Good Friday in such a dark time.  Mary’s miracle is the one America needs now!  Here’s why…

When the first shafts of Sunday morning light stirred her awake, she dreaded it.  If ever a heart was broken beyond repair—if ever a soul would rage against the approach of hope—if ever a woman just wanted to go back to sleep and never wake up, it was Mary.

That is why she was shocked when she felt an odd energy.  She soon felt an even stranger impulse… to go to the grave of Jesus?  How could she return to the only spot on earth that could open her wound wider?

What overruled her despair?  What fuel is driving her so completely against her common sense and her broken heart?  Paul answers that emphatically! “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”- Romans 8:11

Do you know any therapist capable of rebuilding the ashes and rubble in her soul?  Can any drug, any teaching, any relationship, reassemble her heart the way this gentle but powerful influence could?

We all know about the power of the resurrection.  It was the greatest display of power the universe has ever known; even greater than the alleged “big bang” that birthed the universe. It sent shock waves through the principalities and powers of darkness.  It shattered hell and stripped Satan of the keys of death.  Jesus set the captives free in the bowels of the earth and “led captivity captive.”

But the first burst of resurrection power was much gentler. She was the first human to feel the power of the resurrection.  Her eyes which were red and sore from sobbing are now refreshed and clear.  Her arms which hung limp from heartsick lethargy were now responsive, strong, and full of purpose. She sat up and found hope pumping through her veins. She did not know why!

A notion gently but firmly seizes her.  She was to go to the grave.  She got going!  Washing up, brushing her hair, and quickly getting dressed; all the while the expectancy of some indescribable something is building in her soul.  Before she knows it she is out the door and charging toward her worst fear.  Only she is not afraid.

She found the tomb vacant.  She turned and saw Him whom her soul loved.  Many awesome things happened that Easter but none more wonderful than Mary reunited with her Savior.

In the genetically altered, politically charged, drug addicted, violent purgatory that is America, Mary Magdalene stands as a poignant figure.   She is the best testimony I can think of for our national dreams that have gone up in smoke.  Our culture has wearied itself with perversion…hunted everything natural and replaced it with a disfigured counterfeit… it has marched, protested, boycotted the very color and life out of everything—everything is a cause to take offense.

What happened to Mary is why there is nothing better than the Gospel.  America!  This is what you need!

Mark 16:9, “Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.” HE APPEARED FIRST TO HER!  He never forgot her. He knew she was suffering the most so He healed this precious soul first!

 

 

 

THE PROOF IS THE DIFFERENCE

Easter is not an inspirational analogy.  It is not an anecdote preached in a wispy voice  reminding us “the long winter will gave way to spring.”  That’s like talking about the atomic bomb as if it were a disposable lighter.
Our programs do not make Easter better.  The world can get better entertainment in many other places, under many other banners.  The idea that organizational or stage dazzle can improve the Gospel is pure foolishness.
Easter is not polite.  It won’t be ushered into the harmless category of other religious holidays.
On this day of all days, we must remember what separates the claims of Jesus from all religions on earth.
The difference is laid out in Acts 17: 31 “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
The difference is…He has given proof.  The resurrection of Jesus is an imposing, unmatched event. It didn’t just happen…it is happening.  Its evidence won’t go away. Its power never dissipated.  Its blast radius has yet to be measured.
Opposition only increases its power. The more man tries to bury news of the Resurrection, the more it spreads.   Just when the enemies of the Cross feel secure in debunking Easter, some new wrinkle is found, pushing atheism back to square one.
The Resurrection rips away your excuses.  God has set a day of judgement…a day where everyone reading this, yea every descendant of Adam will stand before God to be judged.  He will do it with JUSTICE.
To do it with justice—to justify such a day, God would first commit an act—an act so undeniable it destroys every excuse for rejecting Christ.
Gospel preachers should never apologize at Easter.  They should proclaim.  The proof demands it!  It calls for all who hear to repent on the spot.  There is nothing to mull over or go home and think about.
The difference is the proof and the proof is the difference.

The Most Encouraging Secret.

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THE MOST ENCOURAGING SECRET

By Mario Murillo

The Resurrection of Jesus was the greatest display of power the universe has ever known; even greater than the alleged “big bang” that birthed the universe.

Satan never recovered from that blast.  Stripped of power, desperate and delusional, he lurches forward using smoke and mirrors to lie to believers.  And there is one thing about the Resurrection of Christ that He must hide at all cost:

Satan wants you to think of the Resurrection as a past event that you honor when it is should be more like a wall socket that you plug into and use the current of its power to defeat the horrors of your daily life. He quakes at the thought that you would see that the Resurrection is an ongoing explosion of victory.

Here is your verse:But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” -Romans 8:11.

Right now you may be facing the fight of your life.  It may be the devastating loss of a job, a home, self-respect, or even a loved one.  You may feel your heart failing and your body withering from the warfare.  It is time for action, but not just any action.  It is time to find power over your enemy and the storm you are facing.  It is time to apply the power of the Resurrection to your personal crisis.

How do we apply the power of the Resurrection to the devastating warfare of our daily life?  Let’s ask the first human being who ever did it: Mary Magdalene.

It is one thing to live in despair and poverty and not know anything different but it is quite another kind of hell to have known relief from demon possession and shame and embrace abundance only to be cast back into the gutter of life.  That was Mary’s world on Easter morning.

His words of life embedded themselves in the deepest part of her soul.  They were beyond real to her.  When life threw “the facts” at her, His word was in her soul and so the facts no longer counted.  But Now that He was dead why should she keep going?

She had every right to lay there and try to sleep off her unspeakable disappointment.  But something entered her room.  It woke her up and gave her the strangest notion. She would get up and go to the one place that would verify her hopelessness: the tomb.

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”-John 20:1.

Mary Magdalene felt utterly lost when she went to the tomb, but she went anyway.  She did not know who would roll away the stone for her, but she went anyway.  Her actions were not based on the facts as she knew them but on the glorious automatic pilot of her faith.  If you and I could have interviewed that amazing woman that morning we might have heard these words: “Yes, I saw Him die, yes, I know He is in a tomb, yes I know this is crazy but I am going anyway!”

He is Risen

Satan is throwing the identical garbage at you that he threw at Mary.  That is why you can expect the identical victory.  There seemed to be nothing good about Good Friday.  Lucifer hijacked the Cross for his own ends.  In all of the confusion, the disciples forgot that Jesus said this would happen.  The Cross was a divine event that ignited power and hope for all men.  Satan made it look like it was a horrifying, humiliating end for all of the disciples.

That same Spirit that woke Mary up and sent her to the glorious discovery that Jesus was alive is within you.  It is the same Spirit that will make you get up one more time and go after your reward and fight for what you love.  He empowers you to dust off your dream, shake off the cobwebs of modern thinking, and storm toward victory with clear direction.

Right now you stare at the sputtering rubble that was once your dream and torture yourself with speculation: “How could this have happened?”   That question will paralyze you.  You may want to sit and cry or worse, lie down and die.

Mary did not get out of bed because she saw through the lie, but because power, resurrection power made her feel direction and inexplicable hope.  I am not asking you to understand all that has happened to you, I am asking you to surrender to that power and watch it carry you to the victory you cannot even imagine now.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

How is His peace different?  Philippians 4:7 Explains: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

This was the peace that arrived after the Resurrection.  A sense of comfort and hope that would clothe you even before the facts and the outcome supported the peace.

If the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you then it will give you life, life to get up and try again, life to trust God even before you know why tragedy struck, life to feel hope before the miracle arrives. 

Confess it! It’s the same Spirit!  The same Spirit that resurrected Christ’s lifeless body will infuse my weary body with life.  Life will enter my soul and renew it to a just cause.  Life will enter my shattered dreams and raise me up to a tomorrow that seems unimaginable right now.  Life is coming, and not just any life but resurrection life.  You will live again, you will love again, and you will ride on the waves and finish strong on your appointed shore!  Hallelujah, Jesus is alive!!!

CONCORD PHONE NUMBER

 

We are only three days away from a historic gathering in Concord California.  On Sunday afternoon, the Contra Costa Room of the Crowne Plaza will be transformed into a temple of the Holy Spirit and a river of healing and saving power.   The prayers of many soldiers of faith have bombarded heaven.  Cell phones, social networks, street teams, church services and schools are abuzz with the news that Living Proof will be given to the East Bay Area.   If at all possible make your plans to join us.  Bring someone who needs to be healed or needs to see the proof of Jesus Christ’s power today.