Disbelieving for Joy

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And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marvelling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” - Luke 24:41

There are many reasons why you cannot bring yourself to believe certain things. Sometimes it’s because you have no proof. If I could see it with my own eyes, you say to yourself, then I’d believe it. Show me!

At other times you have the proof in front of you, but it still doesn’t ring true. In fact, it’s too good to be true. Why would this happen to me? What have I done to deserve this? Whats the catch? How often have we picked up the phone to a salesman promising the earth, only to realise that this particular earth is hollow!

When Jesus appeared to his disciples, they ‘disbelieved for joy’. They couldn’t take in the evidence of their eyes, it was too good. They wondered if it was a ghost, or a vision. So Jesus asked for some food. Ghosts can’t eat food - it just falls through to the floor!!

At the heart of the Christian faith is grace. It is the offer of something we have not earned or deserved. Sins forgiven, reconciliation with God and the presence of the Holy Spirit. All achieved for us if we simply trust in Christ.

It may be too good, but don’t dismiss it as not true.

Just as I am

Just as I am - without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, -O Lamb of God, I come! - In 1821 Charlotte Elliott was stricken with a severe sickness, which would affect her life until she died some five decades later. She sought out Dr Malan in order to apologise and to tell him that she wanted to cleanse her life before she came to Christ and become a Christian. No, the Genevan replied “come just as you are”. And so she did.

If ye love me…

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments." (John 14:51) - Both are needed. Jesus calls us to obey, and then gives us the strength to do so.

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