Summary: Discover the assurance Jesus gives His disciples after the resurrection.
Today is Easter. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I think most everyone knows the story of the resurrection. That is a given. I think there is a deeper question that needs to be addressed? The question is, what difference has the resurrection made in my life? Why believe in the resurrection? For me, the resurrection means assurance. I find that people are looking for assurance, believers as well as non-believers.
About one and a half years ago I spoke to our youth leaders on a Tuesday night at Lee and Cindy’s home. At that time I was new and the youth did not know me. I wanted to help them get to know me so I shared some of the stories from my life. When you share in such a meeting I think it is natural to share special stories from your life. I went back and shared four or five highlight stories from my life. I, like many of you, have some special stories of what God has done in my life. These are stories that have happened over fifty-five years. When you are sharing four or five stories from a fifty-five year time frame it is easy to present a dramatic picture. One of the boys made the comment to me; I wish that God would work in my life like he has in yours. I translated that comment to be, I want the assurance that God will work in my life. Teenagers are looking for the assurance that God is working in their lives.
On another occasion I was teaching a study from Acts for our senior adults. In Acts 1:3 Luke refers to “infallible proofs”. I asked the senior adults to share “infallible proofs” from their lives of God’s power. They were reluctant because of doubts. Senior adults are looking for assurance that what they believe is real.
I am continually looking for people who will share a testimony in our services. There seems to be a reluctance to do this. I think we are afraid that our story is not worth sharing. There are doubts. We are looking for assurance.
We need to be like the 84 year old grandmother who fiercely maintained her independence and lived alone in the old family home. Her 4 children lived n the same town, but she rarely called them except in emergencies. It was with some apprehension, therefore, that one of her sons drove to her home one morning in answer to her phone call. When he arrived she said she suspected that there was a burglar in her bedroom closet, since she had heard noises in there the night before. “Why didn’t you call me last night?” he exclaimed. “Well,” she replied, it was late and I hated to bother you, so I just nailed the closet shut and went to bed.” That’s the kind of attitude a Christian can have when faced with the impossible. Nail the door of fear shut and go to bed in calm assurance.
(Contributed to Sermon Central by David Yarbrough)
There are many people who are looking for answers in today’s economy. They are questioning where we are headed. People are asking, where is the world headed?
I have a first cousin who had a stroke, four weeks ago. She has been in a coma ever since. Our family is wondering, will she ever wake up? We are looking for assurance!