Luke 24:36-53

“…they still could not believe it…” Charles Stanley points out that “Jesus had to prove to His unbelieving disciples that He was not a ghost or a figment of their imagination before they would accept the truth of His bodily resurrection.” (p 1522, Life Lessons)

So many today do not believe in God, let alone in Jesus, nor the resurrection and that Jesus lives today.

What has to happen in order to start believing that Jesus came to set us free? According to Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.” And further, Revelation 1:3 encourages us, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the Words of the prophecy and heed…”.

We have not allowed the Word of God in the schools for how many years now? Do you know that the Bible used to be taught in public schools? For some, it was the only textbook a school had. And before public schools, when parents sat around the warmth of the fire with their children, they read the Bible. That was their only “formal” learning and yet, it taught them how to treat others, how to behave themselves, it set forth morals to live by. The Holy Scriptures taught what evil behavior is and to avoid it and tells us to get rid of anger, wrath, slander and abusive speech.

We’ve come a long way, haven’t we? Our children have not heard the Word of God and don’t know truth. They don’t hold to a set of standards or values but “believe” that everyone should do what is right in their own eyes. How is that working out? Do we have more respect for one another? Do we have more compassion and empathy for one another? Seems that we are more focused on ourselves and less focused on our fellow man.

We are not so much smarter today than people of the past. Yes, there is much more information now but many have stopped memorizing facts and have to pull it up on their phones. What will happen when their phones are taken away or only used to fill them with misinformation/propaganda or out and out lies? The sheep will follow their leader to their deaths!

Eternity without Christ is not going to be pleasant. Repentance of such unbelief is essential! Surrendering your life to God and making a choice to change your behavior is part of that repentance.

Look beyond what we can see and see what God sees—only by reading the Word daily.

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