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16th April 2020

By Anonymous - Posted on 16 April 2020

LUKE 24: 36-49

Here we read how Jesus came to his own when they were gathered in the upper room.  This passage has certain great truths of the Christian faith.

The reality of the resurrection: The risen Lord was no phantom or hallucination. He was real, the Jesus who had died was in truth the Christ who rose again. Christianity is not founded on the dreams of disordered minds, or the visions of fevered eyes, but on one who in actual historical fact faced and fought and conquered death, and rose again.

The necessity of the cross.: All scripture looked forward to the cross. It was not forced on God, was not an emergency measure when all had failed, and when the scheme of things had gone wrong. It was part of God’s plan, for it is the one place on earth, where in a moment of time, we see his eternal love.

The urgency of the task. To all people had to go the call of repentance, and the offer of forgiveness. The Church was not left to live forever in the upper room, it was sent out into all the world. After the upper room came the worldwide mission of the Church. Days of sorrow were past and tidings of joy must be taken to everyone. 1n 1990 when Jim and I went from Cyprus for a very short visit to the Holy Land that was what struck me. I had experienced there nothing different to some services in Churches I have attended. Not least St Saviour Aston by Stone, and St Michael and St Wulfad Stone. I said to Jim at the time “Christianity has gone out and is in the world.”

The secret of power:  They had to wait in Jerusalem until power from on high came upon them. There are occasions when the Christian may seem to be wasting time, waiting in a wise passivity. Action without preparation must often fail. There is a time to wait on God, and a time to work for God. Fay Inchfawn, pen name of Elizabeth Rebecca Daniels, died April 1978, a prolific author of books of popular verse in between the two World Wars wrote :

I wrestle-how I wrestle- through the hours, Nay, not with principalities and powers, dark spiritual foes of God’s and man’s, But with antagonistic pots and pans; With footmarks on the hall, With smears upon the wall, With doubtful ears and small unwashed hands, and with a babe’s innumerable demands.

With leisured feet and idle hands, I sat. I, foolish fussy, blind as any bat, Sat down to listen and to learn. And lo, my thousand tasks were done the better so.

The quiet times in which we wait on God are never wasted; for it is in these times when we lay aside life’s tasks that we are strengthened for the very tasks we lay aside.

Lin Davies.