We begin the seven Sundays of Easter. Again, I challenge you to examine yourselves, but you say Lent is over! Why would we examine ourselves during the Easter season? Self-examination is for the season of Lent.
Because, after all the preparation Jesus gave the disciples before his arrest and crucifixion, the disciples still found it too hard to believe. Yes, they came to believe, but it took some getting used to.
How do you explain this “Risen Lord” to others? Or do you avoid talking about such matters? The guards at the tomb went to the chief priests and gave their testimony to everything they witnessed. They had to be excited and amazed. However, the chief priests “gave a sum of money” to the guards to say, “His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.” They did this to keep out of trouble. Why don’t we talk much about it to others?
The guards were paid off to tell a lie to stay out of trouble for an offense punishable by death. What are we afraid of? Or do we simply not have a testimony?
Jesus commanded the disciples in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
This command is in the imperative not the interrogative. In other words, it is an “Order” not a question about “would we consider this”. The disciples were commanded to make more disciples and those disciples more disciples. When we “affirm our baptism”, we have committed ourselves to following all the commands that Jesus gave us. This is our covenant with God! And a “covenant” means that we will risk our very lives rather than break this covenant. Our commitment to Christ is more important than our lives, our reputations, our status, our power, our financial wealth, our comfort, our stress level, and you fill in any other excuses we might fabricate.
OK, has your jaw dropped yet? Because that is where I wanted to bring you. Now that I have your attention, let’s examine ourselves and the opportunities we might be missing to share the good news of Jesus. If you are not sure how to enter into the conversation about faith, then we need a Sunday School class to train us up. I am ready and practiced to lead that class.
Just let me know when you are ready,
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Camp Frederick Wood Cutting Day…Saturday, May 5, is Wood Cutting Day at Camp Frederick from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at 6996 Millrock Road, Rogers, OH 44455. Bring out your inner lumberjack and join us for a great day of fellowship, all the while helping the Camp! Coffee and donuts are provided with lunch at 12:00 noon. Bring your chainsaw and log splitter. For any questions, please all the camp office at 330-227-3633.