Message by Terry Wiens– April 24, 2022
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled,
and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a
piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is
written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is
written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are
witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:36-49 (NIV)
Misunderstanding #1: Doubt is bad.
No, it’s not, it’s normal.
Sometimes doubt is not a choice
Thomas died for what he saw
Doubters can follow Jesus too
Misunderstanding #2: Christianity is about believing in Jesus so I can go to heaven
“Believe” in this passage is equivalent to “trust”
What we do with that trust, is the second part of the plan
The second part of the plan is about proclaiming repentance and forgiveness
Misunderstanding #3: Repentance is about feeling sorry for your sins, or trying harder to do the right
Repentance is about transforming the way we understand things
Examples of transformative thinking:
Instead of “Do not murder”, avoid anger, eliminate insult and love your enemy
Instead of “do not commit adultery”, be a faithful person, be a loyal person
Instead of “keep your oaths”, be an honest person
Your investment: Read Matthew 5-7 early in the week
Your intention: Be aware of some of the key challenges of the message throughout the week
Your reflection: How did the message change your thinking and make an impact on those around you?
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