Monday, April 9, 2012

Jesus' Focus following His Resurrection

Yesterday there were awesome celebrations of Jesus' resurrection. Christian people joined together to declare that our Jesus is Alive. We sang about His victory over death and the grave. From God's Word it was declared that there is victory in our lives over sin and death because of His resurrection. So what do we do now? Do we simply go back to our lives as usual? 

During His earthly ministry Jesus had an over-arching purpose that was visible from the beginning to the very end. Jesus declared to His disciples and the crowds gathered around Him, "I must proclaim the good news about the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because I was sent for this purpose" (Luke 4:43). Then right before His ascension into heaven the following is recorded: "After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3). 

Did you see it?

Jesus' focus was on declaring the good news about the kingdom of God. All His messages, all His teachings, every miracle, and even the intimate conversations with His disciples focused on the kingdom of God. Shouldn't that also be our focus? As we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, shouldn't we have the same focus He had?

Today let us go forth to declare the good news concerning the kingdom of God. Let us declare that Jesus provides access to God's kingdom through saving faith. Let us declare that Jesus is alive - alive for evermore. 

Praying today for:
(1) The Lake O' the Pines community of Jefferson
(2) The State of Montana
(3) The Nation of Tonga
(4) The South Asian Peoples throughout the World

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