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The Resurrection and Our Future…

04.16.17 | by Ray Jones

    The Resurrection and Our Future…

    Tim Keller in Making Sense of God writes, “Imagine you have two women of the same age, the same socioeconomic status, the same educational level, and even the same temperament. You hire both of them and say to each, "You are part of an assembly line, and I want you to put part A into slot B and then hand what you have assembled to someone else. I want you to do that over and over for eight hours a day." You put them in identical rooms with identical lighting, temperature, and ventilation. You give them the very same number of breaks in a day. It is very boring work. Their conditions are the same in every way—except for one difference. You tell the first woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty thousand dollars, and you tell the second woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty million.

    After a couple of weeks, the first woman will be saying, "Isn't this tedious? Isn't it driving you insane? Aren't you thinking about quitting?" And the second woman will say. "No. This is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I whistle while I work." What is going on? You have two human beings who are experiencing identical circumstances in radically different ways. What makes the difference? It is their expectation of the future.”

    The fact is, what we believe about the future affects how we live in the present. That is why the Resurrection is so powerful to our lives. It changes everything, it turns the ho-hum into something Holy. It aids our perspective on suffering since the resurrection promises victory over the grave. And it empowers us to face the unknowns, the tomorrows, all because He Lives!

    Paul said it like this in 1 Corinthians 15:19-20; 54-55… ““If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”… “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

    Now that makes a difference in our present and our future! So WELCOME to our Resurrection Celebration at Ridgecrest. I am so glad you are here and it’s not a coincidence, there are no coincidences with God. That means He has a message for your life today, so listen carefully to what He says and what He desires to do in your life.

    If you are our guest, please be sure to stop by our large Welcome Center desk, located near our coffee bar, to pick up your free gift bag. It’s full of information and gifts like, a sample of my favorite coffee (freshly roasted and ground locally), a free book by Lee Strobel and a free hot and cold cup. It is just a little way of saying we’re glad you are here as our guest.

    Today, as always, I am excited to share with you God’s Word and especially His truth about the greatest event in all of time and eternity—The Resurrection of Christ! So, let’s all join our hearts and minds together and worship the Risen King. And remember, God is always at work trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!

    He is Risen,

    Bro. Ray

    P.S. Remember, there will be no PM services tonight, use the Family devotional guide we provided last week to enjoy your evening with your family and friends.