Reaching Out in the Name of Christ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:02

As I am writing this we are in the seventeenth day after Easter. During the forty days following our Lord’s resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus appeared several times to the disciples as well as others, one time being seen by over five hundred people at once (1Cor. 15:6). Scripture gives us the different reasons for each of His appearances but one thing they all accomplished was proving that He had risen and was alive and well.

In John 21 during this forty-day period, the disciples had decided to go fishing, just like they used to do before they met and began following Jesus (Luke 5:1-11). They failed to catch anything and started back, but before they got to shore they spotted Jesus standing there. He told them to drop their nets into the water and the nets came up full, just as they had in the Luke story. In the Luke story from that day on, while Jesus was with them in the flesh day after day they followed Him and did as He said. In John’s story however, when He had been out of their sight for a short while, they had gone back to doing what they were doing before they met Him.

In recovery, this sort of behavior (losing sight of Him) can lead to relapse. But it is foolish to think that it only applies to those in recovery. Losing sight of Jesus in our lives can lead to backsliding into our old ways. We all need to keep our eyes on Jesus, especially during the times we don’t particularly feel like He’s right there beside us. Jesus told us “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:21; NIV)

Join us during this season between Easter and His Ascension in praising God for all that He’s done in our lives and the sacrifice He made for us. Staying focused on our Lord Jesus will give us continued hope and strength for any challenges life presents each day.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support, and we pray for God’s continued blessings over you and your families.

Love, Open Homes Staff