Friday, August 31, 2012
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Today's Reading: John 20: 1-10
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This passage records the famous "empty tomb" event that Jesus is risen. Peter and John (the other disciple) "saw and believed".
Jesus is risen, he is so real, God is so real! What have you seen so far, is God so real to you? Have you seen and believe?
Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
What I heard from Jesus today is: God is so real!
What I received from Jesus is that He reminds me of two events:
1. God is so real - Two weeks ago when we had dinner with a family from our church we heard a wonderful testimony of how real God really is. Lorraine who has been in England for a year of Dancing Ministry shared with us how she experienced the living God through her one year of experience in England. She was in a big Dancing Ministry event with more than 10,000 young people worship the Living God on a big platform and she felt that God is so real. When she was sharing that experience I saw her whole face was shining with a very special "joy" I rarely see and I gave thanks to the Lord because she experienced the Living God! Yes, God is so real!
2. God is dead - Our family is having a holiday in Italy now driving around Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome. Our son Ignatius shared with us how painful he is when he saw those famous cathedrals and churches with big advertisement hanging outside and people need to pay 8 euros to go inside to look at historical places. He said, "That's why so many people think that God is dead. Churches are now only historical remnants."
You can see the three pictures I took with large size advertisement outside. One is the famous church in Milan with the famous Da Vinci's "Jesus last supper". The other is the famous Milan Cathedral. Can you believe that can happen that a church can allow such a big advertisement selling famous brand shoes and clothes to be hanged on the wall of a church outside? Why? It's a money issue! When God is alive then people will offer beyond what they can offer to God. Even big and beautiful basilicas and cathedrals! When people think that God is dead and they can not experience the living God, churches have no money and they have to use their historical churches to make money so that they can live! How sad!
Let's show how real God is with everything we have got so that people won't think God is dead any more!
Dear Lord Jesus,
You are the living God! We give thanks to you that you are so real and alive. Help us to show to other people that you are so real and alive. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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