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  1. I have to admit that living in a secular scientifically-minded world, any talk of the resurrection is regarded as an anachronistic belief. If you cannot measure or experience it is does not exist. Among Christians the idea of the resurrection is central and while we may different ideas about it, the key element of Christ overcoming death so that we can live is something we treasure deeply.

    The overarching problem we have then is convincing non-believers that there is something in this story of resurrection. The resurrection is not something we can prove be scientific measurement. We cannot do a confirming experiment. And the words we use to describe the resurrection are not even in the vocabulary of most people these days.

    I think we need to understand that there is a deep spiritual message in the story of the resurrection. I am not trying to discount the physical event by any means, merely developing a line of thought that may help us communicate the idea better. In a spiritual sense, Jesus is only living still if he is living in us. We have a whole lot of phrases used to describe that spiritual resurrection. "Christ in me", Not I but Christ", "Living in Jesus" and so on; all of which talk about a relationship with Jesus as a real person. It is when we express that "Christ living in me" principle that we speak most eloquently about the risen Christ. And, if we are not expressing that principle in our living but claiming that Jesus has been resurrected then we are living a lie.

    One of the reasons that Christianity is regarded as irrelevant today is that the Christian name has been associated with self-interest for centuries. Christianity can only claim that Jesus is alive if they live like Jesus now. If we want to be listened to, live like Jesus.

    I initially thought the lesson authors were scratching for ideas to fill out the quarter, and did not see the relevance of this topic to the theme for this quarter, The Least of These, but I think there is a link. We can talk about the resurrection if we care for "the least of these" because that is what the living Jesus did.

  2. Has anyone lost a loved one? Sure we have.
    From the youngest to the oldest of the earth we have all experienced death in the family.
    Evolution teaches you have come from nothing and you will become nothing.
    However, we have been redeemed and have been given the hope of resurrection in Christ.

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living, just because He lives
    When I lost my father this year, these are the words which comfort me knowing that this separation is not forever.
    His labor has come to an end. He is resting and at the call of the trumpet, he will be raised again.
    This promise is affirmed by the resurrection of Christ.

    God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
    He came to love, heal and forgive
    He lived and died to buy my pardon
    An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

    • I am sorry for your loss, Newbegin. A loving, godly father is a precious treasure and when we are separated from him by death, the pain is intense. I am praying Jesus will constantly send you fresh supplies of His Holy Spirit to comfort you in every way. Looking forward to that glorious reunion day when we will see our loved ones again and never say goodbye.

  3. "Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation.""
    To have hope is to be positive about the future!

    • “We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience(and yes confidence).”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:24-25‬ ‭

      We put our trust in the Lord, which is where we find our best confidence. Wow, He keeps our feet from being snared. Proverbs 3:26.

  4. The resurrection gives hope beyond this life. So, that helps me to understand that my future treasure through Christ is bigger than my bank account or life achievements (1 Cor 15:35–49).
    And affirms to me that I am safe in the arms of Jesus


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