On the morning of the Resurrection, Jesus didn't allow Mary to touch Him. He was essentially saying, "It's not going to be the way it used to be. You can't hold on to Me in the old way. It's a new covenant."
Then He made a radical statement: "Go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God' " (John 20:17). For Jesus to call God His Father was one thing. But He said, "I am ascending to My Father and your Father. . . . " In other words, "He is your Father now too."
If you came from a fatherless home, God can be the Father you never had. Jesus opened up a new relationship for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. No longer must we go through a high priest to seek atonement for our sin, because Jesus became the final sacrifice for our sins. And He has given us free access to God the Father, to whom we can come in times of need.
Do you know God as your Father? Or does He seem like some distant force? If that is the case, I have good news for you: God is not some mere force or distant power somewhere in the universe. He is personal, He is caring, and He loves you. And that is why He sent His Son to die on the cross in our place.
Scripture Of The Day:Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” - John 20:17 (NIV)
While at the grocery store the other day, I went straight to the fruit section. There were melons, bananas, grapes, oranges, apples, strawberries, etc. Did you know that we are also like pieces of fruit in the eyes of God?
Just as you would use a variety of fruit for a salad, God does the same with us for the use in his church, the body of Christ. He knows each of us distinctly, definitely, and specifically by whom we are and he knows exactly what we can do and what gift(s) we have been given. Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, NLT). Fruit is a product of plant growth and fertilization and is useful and flavorful. When we became born again we were planted as seeds, watered with his love, word, and spiritual teaching. And with God, we now begin to grow into the pieces of fruit that we are meant to be. Each fruit used is different but used for the same purpose - to make up “God’s Salad” and give it “flavor” (help).
Even though some of the fruit in a salad fit in the same category with the same name, even they taste differently. Red and green apples, watermelon and cantaloupe, do they taste the same? I don't think so! Oh, and make sure you have the “something else” that makes the salad taste its best, the dressing that goes with it . . . GOD’S LOVE!
Scripture of the Day: "Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? Does everyone have the gift of healing? Of course not. Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages? Can everyone interpret unknown languages? No! And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts. First, however, let me tell you about something else that is better than any of them!" - 1 Corinthians 12:29-31