April 13


“Fleshy Faith”

Read: Matthew 28:1 – 10

Happy Easter! I will say that though Easter is typically one of the most exhausting days for pastors and church workers, it is also one of the most invigorating and rewarding days as well. To be reminded of the hope that we have in Jesus because of what he did for us on the cross and to share that hope with believers around the world, is special – and exciting. I truly missed being with you in the flesh to celebrate.

With our need to be physically distanced from one another and it being longer-term than we had hoped, the “fleshiness” of Jesus’ resurrection has become even more meaningful to me. Jesus didn’t simply rise spiritually; Jesus rose in the flesh. He invited his disciples to see him, touch him, feel his wounds, and watch him eat. Jesus was not merely a grand idea to encourage and enlighten them; Jesus was a Person, and he lived life with them, even after his resurrection. Scripture tells us that Jesus remained on earth after his resurrection for 40 days and continued to reveal himself to them.

Jesus’ “fleshiness” encourages me, because that is the world in which I, and in which we, live. We live in the flesh. We experience love and life in the flesh. As Pastor Jim told me the other day, “We can show one another love by saying, ‘I love you.’ Does that then mean that kissing your spouse is unnecessary? No. Kisses show our love to one another in a way that words simply can’t. They are a different expression of our love.”

God didn’t simply tell us that He loved us; he sent Jesus in the flesh too! Jesus became flesh and was resurrected in the flesh. One day, we will see and touch Jesus. What a day that will be! Our faith will become sight and touch, a future I am looking forward to! Happy Easter!

Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are a personal God and sent Your Son so that we would no be separated from You. We pray that You would become increasingly real to us and that our faith would become increasingly evident to others. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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