Sunday, May 6, 2012

He's Still Here

Have you ever wondered what happened to the women in the Gospels after they met Christ? 

What happened to the Woman at the Well, after Jesus offered her living water?

What about the Woman caught in adultery?  Jesus forgave her, changed her, and told her to “go and sin no more.”  What did her life look like then?

When the crippled woman stood straight, did she teach others to look up?

What kind of woman did Jairus’ daughter grow up to be?

Did the Syrophoenician woman continue growing in her “great faith”?

We don’t have the answers to these questions.  But we do have one tiny clue.  The book of Acts tells us that when the disciples were gathered in the upper room after Christ ascended, “the women” were there.

Which women?

I think it’s safe to assume that many of the women we read about in the Gospels were there.

They saw Christ, talked with Him, and were touched by Him in a way that completely changed their lives. That’s why we find them in the upper room.

They were still devoted to Him.

The interaction they each enjoyed with Christ was not just a one-time “mountain-top experience” for these women.  Their lives were changed from that moment on.

That’s what makes Christianity different from every other belief system.  When Christ saves us, He transforms us.  He makes us new.  He gives us new life.  

And even more amazing . . . He lives IN us and THROUGH us.

He’s no longer physically present performing miracles, teaching multitudes, and looking at men and women with eyes of compassion.

But He told His disciples before He left that He would still be with them. 
“. . . always, even to the end of the age.”

He’s still here . . . Living in us and through us.

He still looks into the eyes of hurting men and women today.
He still speaks to them, meets their needs, and changes lives.

But He uses us.

Are we devoted to Christ, as these early church women were? 

Is it clear from our lives that we have been transformed?   
Made new?   
Given new life?

Does the hurting world around us see Christ?  

“We have THIS treasure in earthen vessels.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7

(The life of Dorcas was a beautiful example of a woman who touched others with the love and goodness of Christ.  Click Here to listen.)

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