Matthew 28

Who Moved The Stone?

There is a guy called Frank Morrison who set out to disprove the historical accuracy of Jesus’ resurrection and the events that followed.  After lots of research he had to conclude the very opposite – that the account as recorded in Scripture has to be factually true.  If you ever feel a twinge of doubt about what really happened on this Sunday morning then do read this book (‘Who Moved The Stone’ by Frank Morrison – about £2.40 for a used copy on Amazon).

For most Christians the clear record of Scripture does not need a heavy-duty proof.  If we have met with the risen Lord then this is enough and even if our faith is a bit shaky there is the testimony of so many to help bolster our conviction.  For me the psychology of the disciples, a motley crew if ever there was one, is most convincing.  They must have seen the crucifixion as totally devastating to their hopes of following a triumphant Messiah; a true King.  And even after many of them had met with Jesus after His resurrection, dear Thomas needed to see the evidence:-

So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  (John 20 v.25)

No Hanging About!

But the disciples were not able to rest in a cosy huddle!  The great commission from Jesus is awesome, especially if you accept my description of them above as a ‘motley crew’:-

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (v 19, 20)

The ACTS that follow are certainly ACTion packed.  No serious Christian should be bored!

Jesus has done the main work for us and He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us go forward as disciples and also as disciple-makers.  We must look at our discipleship critically and challenge ourselves to do more of the right things and avoid doing things that are not helpful or constructive.

A Prayer for Our Discipleship

When the going gets tough
the tough get going.
It is easy to say ‘No’
to take the easy way out,
easy to play safe
and live to fight another day.
Like Peter, who loved you
with such a passion, Lord,
filled with such energy,
so impetuous,
ready to speak first
and ask questions, later.
Except when asked
if he was with you, Lord,
except when his faith
was seriously challenged
when the road to the cross
became dangerous.
You knew Peter,
knew the calibre of the man,
what would happen
before the cock crowed twice.
But it didn’t stop you choosing him
the rock upon which
your Church would be built.
There is comfort for us, Lord,
in Peter’s frailty,
reassurance that your love
and confidence extends
to both strong and frail,
as you look to our potential,
and in your love forget
our momentary weakness

 

 

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