BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Luke 24: 1-1224
Change is one of the most difficult things for people to face. One of the main reasons why people have a problem with change is because they become comfortable with where they are in life. People get used to friends, jobs and places they live.
Even if these friends are negative, the jobs are dead end and the places of residence are hazardous, they are not willing to change because they are familiar with it. Some people will stay in an unproductive environment because they are familiar with the setting.
God sent His son to change the way things were. He wanted to show people that change was good and he was going to do a new thing in the lives of those who love Him. Sometimes, we forget what God has spoken to us.
However, just because we forget it doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.
Whatever God has told you He would do for you, believe it will come to pass if you are willing to change. Jesus was delivered into the hands of sinful men, lied on and crucified— and although in many stories we think the end culminates with human life, in this case it is just the beginning. Because after Jesus was crucified and buried on the third day, he rose again— and because He rose again, you will rise again as well.
This change Jesus died for wasn’t just for those who lived in the present at that time— it is for us in today’s time as well. No matter how bad it may seem or how dismal our situation may appear, resurrection Sunday or Easter Sunday is a day that reminds us of promise and potential. God rose Jesus from the dead to let us know that He is doing a new thing in our life.
In Isaiah 43:19, the prophet writes, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” I want to encourage you today as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday this coming Sunday that God wants you to embrace change. Just as God brought about change by using Jesus in doing something that has never been done, God wants to do something in you this season that has never been done before in your life. The women who went expecting to see Jesus in a tomb received more than just a surprise. This revelation changed their lives. They went from receiving instructions from the disciples to relaying instructions to them. The change that Jesus represents is a shifting change that will amaze you the same way these followers were stunned and amazed.
Today, I want to encourage you to be open to the new things God has in store for you throughout this season.
Resurrection Sunday wasn’t meant to be one day for one person, but to symbolize that with God on your side all things are possible. Because God is on your side. Every day— as soon as you open your eyes— you are exposed to God’s resurrection power that can bring you up and out of every dreadful situation and allow you to claim victory, while others stay amazed and baffled by the miracles God is working in your life on your behalf. Just because God has blessed you doesn’t mean that He wants you to sit back and settle there for the rest of your life. God places different demands on our life during different seasons.
With God, know that your situation can be changed in a blink of an eye. So remember, if God was able to raise His son from the dead, truly He is able to raise you out of that dead-end job or abusive relationship and truly he can deliver you from drugs, alcohol or disease. As a living testimony, God has used me to astound the wise, the medical field and many other doubters by the miracles He has performed in my life by simply believing. Believe, arise and live life to the fullest.
God bless you.
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