I Have Seen The Lord! Part 2

25th April

He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw Him..”

1 Corinthians 15:4-8

Paul, formerly known as Saul, in his earlier days, was widely known as the biggest persecutor and enemy of the church. Yet after meeting the resurrected Jesus, his life radically changed, and now we celebrate the wonder of that meeting by enjoying so much of Paul’s wonderful letters that are written in the Bible.

Paul suffered a lot, was beaten many times, stoned, persecuted himself, hated, spat at and imprisoned many times for boldly sharing the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. Why did Paul go through all of that? Because he realised the importance of knowing Jesus, both in what He did before the cross and His resurrected life after it. Paul’s life and theology hinged around the fact that we do not serve a dead God, but a resurrected King, who loves us incredibly and wants to make His home in our hearts.

Perhaps one of Paul’s most challenging and famous verses are found in the same chapter that today’s verse in taken from, in verses 14 & 17. Paul addresses the church in Corinth, convinced by Christ’s resurrection with these direct and heart piercing words.

And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless…and if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.”

Friends, Paul’s life radically changed after meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. He was convinced that seeing Jesus’ resurrection was paramount to his faith, and to ours, readers of these words. Have you seen the resurrected King? Live in His resurrection power. Receive the blessings of His victorious ascension. You are created to live in His resurrection promise.

I Have Seen The Lord!

24th April

““Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought He was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will go and get Him.” “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to Him and cried out, “Raboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”). . . . Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them His message.”

John 20:15-16, 18

Mary Magdalene was a wonderful woman. Healed of seven demons (Mark 16:9) and a regular supporter of Jesus ministry (Luke 8:2-3), she had the privilege of being the first person to see the resurrected King. When she went to the tomb, on the third day, after discovering that it had been opened and Jesus’ body was no longer there, she stood weeping in confusion and sorrow. The Man who had miraculously delivered her from demon possession, had just been crucified and now His body was not even in the tomb.

When Jesus appeared to Mary, at first she didn’t recognise Him. Yet when Jesus called her by name, just as He did when He called her to follow Him, she immediately recognised that it was her Master and Teacher. Mary knew the voice of kindness, love, mercy and victory. She knew that once she had been called by that voice, her life was never the same again. After seeing the resurrected Jesus, she immediately ran to find the other disciples and share the Good News of the resurrected King, her Raboni and Teacher.

We too can have the same response as Mary did. When we hear Jesus call our name, when we receive the restoring and regenerating work of Christ in our lives, when our lives become radically changed by the power of His love, our next action should be to go out and share about it, just as Mary did. She heard His voice and then ran to tell others about it. Have you heard Jesus call YOU? Then go and share the Good News that our King is not dead but alive.