Dear Theophilus… April 2017

Dear Theophilus

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat a difference a day makes! Especially when it is Easter Day.

Reflect for a moment on the many accounts of the resurrection of Jesus; notice the differences that it made to the people who witnessed it. I wonder which encounter best speaks into your situation?

There is Mary weeping at the tomb; her grief was turned to joy by the resurrection of Jesus.

There were the disciples locked away in the upper room. They found peace, and their fear was turned to boldness by the resurrection of Jesus.

There were the two on the road to Emmaus whose dejection was turned to excitement as they ran back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples what they had witnessed.

There was Thomas, a week later, whose doubts turned to faith and worship as he met his Risen Lord.

And Peter whose conversation with Jesus enabled him to find forgiveness and to rediscover the ministry that God had prepared for him.

And what about Mary? We are not told about her encounter with her Risen Son, but it must have happened. How do you think went?

For all of these people, for countless more at that time, and for millions more down through the centuries, the resurrection of Jesus made a life-changing difference.

What difference has the resurrection of Jesus made to your life so far? Have you found peace, joy, boldness, excitement, forgiveness, faith? You can do, as you encounter the Risen Lord.

And what difference will Jesus’ resurrection make to the rest of your life? Have you discovered, or rediscovered, the purpose for which he called you?

David

Theophilus is the guy for whom Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. (Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1) Theophilus means ‘Lover of God’ so, if you love God, it was written for you!