Jesus Here and Now

By Gabe Gary

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead or have romanticized the notion of a zombie apocalypse, then you have to love the post-Easter story; Christ’s resurrection. It entails stories of dead people raised to life. “The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” Matthew 27:52-53

The Bible mentions that Jesus himself also appeared many times: 

 1 Cor 15:6 “After that, he [Jesus] appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living….”

When life entered the tomb and raised Jesus, it affected those buried in close proximity to Him. My granddad had a homemade electrical contraption to get worms out of the ground so we could fish. He would wind copper wire around what looked like a fishing reel that had wires attached to two large nails. You would stick those nails in the ground and then begin to turn the handle. This would create a current and if there were worms close by, they would immediately come out of the ground. Simply put, the life that Christ has given us should affect those who are dead around us. Jesus himself said John 10:10 “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” 

 After His resurrection Jesus met with many people in various places and here’s a couple places He might meet you.

He will meet you in your doubts. (John 20:20-24) Like Thomas maybe you have a few friends or co-workers that have shared about their personal encounter and relationship with Christ, but you still remain unsure. Jesus appeared to “Thomas the doubter” and invited him to explore his doubts by placing his finger into His previously nailed hands and into His pierced side. Jesus is not afraid of our doubts but rather challenges us to reach out and examine the uncomfortableness of what He did for us on the cross. Jesus encouraged Thomas and He’s encouraging us, to not doubt but believe! Look for Jesus through the lens of those who once doubted but now have been convinced. Here’s two great resources: 

1.) Lee Strobel’s book and movie now available on Netflix: The Case for Christ
2.) Ravi Zacharias

He will meet you on your way. (Luke 24:13-25) Sometimes, while simply living our lives He will come alongside us and reason with us. Like these two men mentioned in this story, we might not recognize him at first but if we will continue to listen, our eyes will eventually be opened, and we will begin to understand who He is. We will be thoroughly convinced that Jesus is alive and that He desires to be with us in a life-giving personal relationship that will exceed all of our expectations.

Gabe Gary is pastor of The Bridge Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-592-4828.

Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church. 

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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