A Word in Passing

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Barnes Baptist Church

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A WORD IN PASSING April 2018

 

'But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them foolishness.'

Luke 24:11

 

To believe God raised Jesus from the dead, to believe that the resurrection was an act of the Almighty,

has one implication that stands in importance above all others. And that implication is this: God’s

raising Jesus from the dead was God’s ‘Yes’; His approval of all Jesus had said and done.

 

Jesus said He had come from God to reconcile mankind to the Creator. He said He had come to bring God’s

kingdom, His will, His ways into the world, and to call sinners into God’s kingdom. He said He had come

to make it all possible by offering up His own, perfect life as a sacrifice to pay for mankind’s sin; to take

upon Himself the punishment of our sin that by accepting Him as our Saviour we might know God’s

forgiveness, God’s restoration of the broken relationship, and life eternal in His Kingdom.

 

Foolishness to His enemies. Foolishness to the scoffers. Foolishness to those whose outlook on life is

restricted to worldly wisdom alone. But with Jesus' resurrection God said, 'Yes', making ..

 

‘.. foolish the wisdom of the world? .. For the foolishness of God is wiser than

man’s wisdom’ 1 Corinthians 1:20,25

 

Annd no more so than by the means through which He has acted decisively to bring about reconciliation

with the world He loves,

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever

believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his

Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands

condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and

only Son.” John 3:16-18

 

 

Easter Day is the day Christians throughout the world are celebrating - as they have done for almost

two millennia - the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the divine act that affirms He was and indeed is the

Saviour; that in His saving work and in our acceptance of His saving work lies our salvation, our

forgiveness, our reconciliation to God and the gift of life eternal in His kingdom,

 

‘.. foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the

power of God.’ 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

 

What does Easter day mean to you? A day of naïve foolishness perhaps - appropriate for April fools

day? Or a day of celebration and commemoration when God's foolishness, ‘made foolish the wisdom of

the world’?

 

How do you explain the resurrection of Jesus Christ? What does this event – the event Christians believe

to lie at the heart of history – mean to you? Have you ever looked at the facts, studied the testimonies, put

aside the prejudices? Have you ever asked to risen Lord to come to you? To make Himself known to you?

That’s the way to know the truth of the matter, to make sense of the apparent 'foolishness'. Only God can

do that – and you won’t know if He will unless you ask Him.

 

Graham Pulham