Words from the Heart for Sunday March 12th, 2017
And he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 1:4 (NLT)
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The journey toward the cross would lead to that empty grave. This powerful work by the Spirit would prove that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God. He is Jesus Christ the Lord. Are you letting Him be Lord over every part of your life? He is fully qualified and available to you.
When Princess Diana and bent down to kiss an AIDS patient on the cheek back in 1989, the world took notice. At the time there was still the belief by many that AIDs could be contracted simply by touch. Her gesture of compassion told the world that this wasn’t the case. It seems that her sons have the same generous hearts as their mother. When William and Kate were in Canada last year, their visit focused on a number of social issues. They visited First Nations Communities, impoverished urban neighbourhoods, a pregnancy centre that serves mothers struggling with drug and alcohol issues, and an immigrant centre that provides settlement services to 25,000 refugees annually. It seems that William is proving to be his mother’s son.
The New Testament is very clear that Jesus is both the son of Man (He loved to call Himself that) and the Son of God. It is the Son of God that trips many people up. The Muslims find it impossible to understand how God can have a son, and many are repulsed by the idea. Because they don’t understand. But the Bible is clear, and Paul writes this in Romans 1:4: “And he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.” From time to time in the New Testament God the Father speaks from heaven and declares “this is my Son whom I love.” I don’t know how much clearer this can be. But Paul knew that there would be those who would be challenged by the idea of Jesus being the Son of God. So He uses the resurrection as the confirmation of Jesus’ position as the Son of God. Paul says that all the claims of Jesus being God the Son were confirmed when He burst forth from the Jerusalem tomb. Why? Because that took Holy Spirit power. And the Triune God is seen is all of His power and Glory in Jesus’ resurrection. God the Father willed it, God the Holy Spirit empowered it and God the Son experienced it. No wonder the resurrection is at the heart of the Good News! Because Jesus lives, so will all who love Him.
These have been words from the heart.