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How Everything Declined

How Everything Declined

There are various “red lines” throughout the Bible such as the term “salvation”. God views us as creatures that need to be saved. We do not like this description since we believe that we can help ourselves. The daily negative news shows, however, that since we broke with God, we are able to do everything evil. According to the Bible, there was so much wrongdoing in the centuries after Adam and Eve that God gave the “flood” as an awful judgement. 

Huge bodies of water flooded the planet and destroyed everything. However, before that, God started a rescue mission. He ordered Noah to build an Ark to rescue men and animals for the future. People laughed about Noah and his huge ark which he built for 20 years. Before God sent the flood, he closed the doors of the ark himself. 

But the Lord was pleased with Noah.

Genesis 6:8

Conclusion: The offer is for everyone! Those who decline will be judged.

Do you say yes to God’s offer?

Bible text for deepening: Matthew 24:37-39

Fire in Notre Dame Paris

Fire in Notre Dame Paris

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site was built between 1162 and 1345. On April 15 and 16, a big part of it was destroyed while renovation work occurred. The firefighters could prevent the worst. In the whole country, the flags were on half mast and a donation campaign started. 

It’s almost unbelievable but forgers opened their own donation account and took personal advantage. It reminds us of Jude who kept account and took money every so often. He pretended to take care of the poor (John 12:4-8) and ultimately betrayed Jesus for about 10,000 Euros. 

The plans of godly people are right. But the advice of sinners will lead you the wrong way.

Proverbs 12:5

Jesus lived the exact opposite: 

  • Do good in the hidden places
  • Rather take the short stick
  • Serve others opposed to rule them
  • Forgive if someone does you wrong

What did you learn from Jesus?

Bible text for deepening: Matthew 6:1-8

How Do You Deal With Doubt?

How Do You Deal With Doubt?

Jesus understands his friends’ doubts and deals with them impressively. He speaks to their emotions and thoughts and shows his wounded hands and feet: “See… it’s truly me.”

In the way that Jesus talks about worries, fears and doubts shows me how approachable, sensitive and individually he deals with people. With love he attends to Thomas who is allowed to put his fingers in his wounds. What chaotic scenes do the disciples experience! Their teacher was executed like a murderer even though he was teaching love and lived it as well. 

The Pharisees cover their doubt with arrogance and lofty arguments. Thomas on the other hand said what he thought. He wanted to see Jesus and the Son of God fulfilled his wish.

Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do you have doubts in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is really I! Touch me and see. A ghost does not have a body or bones. But you can see that I do.”

Luke 24:38-39

How do you deal with doubt?

Think about how and where you have experienced Jesus so far. 

Bible text for deepening: Luke 24:36-49

Evidence Doesn’t Create Relationship

Evidence Doesn’t Create Relationship

People from different social status, eras, nations have witnessed, researched and proven the resurrection of Jesus. 700 years prior, the prophet Jeremiah stated details that God showed him.

The US-Journalist and Atheist Lee Stroblel displayed his search for truth in the movie “The Case for Christ”. Due to the facts he surrendered before God. Despite all evidence, everyone has to decide for himself which truth he wants to believe. Without faith, there is no relationship with God. 

He is not here! He has risen, just as he said he would! Come and see the place where he was lying.

Matthew 28:6

We can ignore him or belittle him but no one can go past Jesus. He is risen. He lives. He is forever. And he will return. After our life on earth, we will be before him. The question will be: “What did you do with my offer?”

What will you say?

Bible text for deepening: Matthew 28:1-20

Is there Hope?

Is there Hope?

With the crucifixion, the Romans destroyed all hope in the roundabout 33 year old Jesus who healed the sick. Why did they kill him without reason or mercy? This was the topic two men discussed on their way to Emmaus. A foreigner who asked some questions met up with them. It seemed like he didn’t know anything about the events of the past days. Nevertheless, he taught them that everything had to happen exactly like it was written in the Holy Scriptures. The discussion was so engaging that they invited the guest for supper. When the “stranger” said grace and broke the bread, they recognized the resurrected Jesus in him. He disappeared in the same movement. They said to each other: “Didn’t we feel in our hearts how his explanations touched us?”

 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.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.

Luke 24:39-40

Shortly after, Jesus encountered the disciples who sat behind locked doors. “Peace be with you!” He showed his pierced feet and hands to the shocked men and sat with them. Patiently, he explained from scripture that he was the promised Saviour. Jesus the hope stood real, touchable in their midst. He lives, he is there, he is tangible even today.

Just like the disciples had to learn a lot so do we today. They had seen Jesus and lived with him. We can get to know him through the Bible and if we believe in him, we can experience a personal relationship. We can talk to him in prayer. He responds and works in our lives since he offers exactly this way of faith and trust. Even though they could see and hear him, many did not believe anyway. It therefore doesn’t matter if we see him or not. To believe means to hope without already seeing. It is a privilege to grow into a true, deep relationship with him. 

Do you want a personal, hopeful relationship with Jesus?

Bible text for deepening: Luke 24, 13-49