April 26, 2020
Passage: Hebrews 4:14-16

The post-resurrection and appearance of Jesus Christ confirm that our savior is alive. Jesus on the first day of the week appeared to Mary Magdalene of whom He had driven out seven demons. (Mark 16:9). He also appeared to the two men on the way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-16). We again read that he appeared to the disciples without Thomas (John 20:24-25). He appeared again to the Apostles, this time with Thomas present (John 20:26-28). The theme for today says because he lives, I can face tomorrow. However, for many, the question is Jesus is alive and so what?

First of all, because Jesus is alive, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence. We are expected to come to Him with the conviction that he is able. Our confidence is not in ourselves but rather in God who has given us a promise. In these trouble times, what are we are believers telling the Lord? Do we know He has solutions to these challenges? Do we know He can restore all that will be lost in these times? As Christians, we need to continue to approach the throne of grace and we shall never be disappointed.

Secondly, because Jesus is alive, we are assured of His Mercy.

Thirdly, because Jesus is alive, we can receive his grace- that is the unmerited or undeserving favour of God to assist us to go through challenging moments. As believers, we need this gift of grace to be able to stand firm to go through life’s difficult moments. The story of the writer of Methodist Hymn Book (MHB) No. 511 may not be different from our situation today. The last line of stanza one of that hymn records goes thus: “With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.”

Let’s remember that Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world was in that ship, but the storm still hit the ship to the extent that it was now full of water. The storms of life must surely come. When it does, whom do you run to? We are in the same boat with Jesus Christ, and we cannot perish because He, Jesus Christ cannot perish. If there is a time, we must call unto Jesus, it is now. We need Him now than ever in every aspect of our lives, family and in our nation. Total obedience to God settles it.

As Christians, we must remember that because Jesus is alive, we must always go to him in prayer and with confidence knowing very well that he will deliver us and grant us his peace.

Amen

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