Summary: Jesus is hanging around to let us know that he loves us just the same. If you go on in Jesus name, if you go on according to his word, you will never walk alone.
And you cannot afford to sacrifice your conviction, your joy, your decision, because of somebody else lack of understanding. You must be prepared to let nothing, including approval or disapproval separate you from that which God has given you. If you don’t understand my vision that’s fine, you don’t have to, God didn’t give it to you, he gave it to me.
And unfortunately sometimes it’s after the fact that we appreciate and realize what a person stood for or tried to teach us. James had been one of those who rejected Jesus but now after the fact he realized all that Jesus stood for. He came to understand the nature of Christ work.
And more than likely he regretted that he hadn’t done more to support his big brother. And now that Jesus is dead he may have felt it was too late - that his opportunities for service and ministry have passed him by. But according to the scriptures Jesus hung around long enough for James to see him, for James to touch him, for James to talk with him, Jesus hung around long enough to give James the assurance that it wasn’t too late.
Jesus keeps hanging around to let us know it’s never too late. Even now at our ages and stations in life, regardless of what you’ve done or failed to do, it’s not too late. As long as there is life there is hope, as long as there is breath in the body, and you can call on the name of Jesus, it’s not too late. Now is still the acceptable time, today is still the day of salvation.
His grace is still sufficient.
His strength is still made perfect in weakness.
His arm of compassion has not been shortened.
His love has not been abated.
His mercy is still from everlasting to everlasting.
His blood still sanctifies.
His spirit still sets free.
His forgiveness is still stronger than any fault.
His peace still soothes my pain.
This day can be the first day of the rest of your life because Jesus is still hanging around.