Are you living a passionate, hopeful life? Do you wonder how people live that way? Where do we find hope and passion in a hurting and at times dysfunctional world?
After Jesus was crucified, the disciples were confused and devastated. They hoped He would be the one to redeem Israel, but their hope turned to despair as they watched Jesus bleed and die on a cross. They locked themselves in a room, fearing that they, too, would be captured and killed.
Then in the book of Acts, the disciples boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus to government officials, angry stone-throwing crowds, and the Pharisees who had Jesus killed. What gave them their courage? What gave them their passion?
The disciples encountered the resurrected Jesus in the midst of their pain, despair, and doubt. They heard Jesus was alive, “But they did not believe...because their words seemed to them like nonsense” (Luke 24:11). Then, Jesus met them where they were, and everything changed.
After they witnessed the resurrection, they went to Jerusalem and told the other disciples, “‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon”
The resurrection was proof to the disciples, and is proof to us, that Jesus has power over death, hell, and the grave. Hope and passion come from believing in the resurrection.
We can study Jesus and live by His example. We can look like a Christian. But, to be a courageous, passionate Christ follower we must be radically changed by an encounter with Jesus.
Could it be we’re not passionate because we don't believe that Jesus is alive? Could it be that we are still walking along the road confused, hurt, and devastated, when His abundant life waits to rise up in us?
Jesus is alive. Take courage. Live with passion and purpose….being his disciples.
May God truly bless you this New Year !