Acts 10: 39 - 41
We are witnesses to all that He did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree; but God raised Him on the third day and allowed Him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
Reflection by Monty Wyne
Jesus Christ’s Resurrection sets Christianity apart from any other religion. Not one religious leader has conquered the power of death. God’s love for his only begotten Son was so great that he raised him on the third day, allowing him to appear to certain people, confirming this fact.
Yet, there were those who doubted then and those who doubt today. Even though Jesus did this to demonstrate His victory over the power of sin in the lives of people and give them the promise of everlasting life.
Then we look at today’s world. Where is the love? Where is the belief? More and more we read about church bombings. The violent and vicious attacks on those who attend church services. The hate and mistrust, the condemnation of those who walk in the path of Jesus, confirming the fact that He lives on in believers today.
Why do those who take the lives of innocent people and destroy their places of worship do so in the name of hate? Because behind all that hostility and loathing lies an even more powerful emotion—fear. This brings me to the question, is faith more powerful than fear? Does faith conquer all? Does faith lead to belief. And belief lead to love? And what is more fulfilling than love?
If only these lost souls could fill their empty hearts with faith, belief and love, what a different world it would be.
Dear God...I pray that somehow, we all find our way to your presence. That You fill each heart with the love and trust of your Son, and that they walk in the light of Christ. In Your name we pray...Amen