What is the new normal like for the life of a follower of Jesus?
Still later, as the Eleven were eating supper, he appeared and took them to task most severely for their stubborn unbelief, refusing to believe those who had seen him raised up. … “These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well.”Source: Mark 16:14-18
Jesus has risen from the grave. Jesus is now letting his disciples know what they can expect moving forward. The gist of it is: “Fasten your seatbelts, it is going to be a bumpy night.” The Holy Spirit is coming. That, my friends, is a big deal.
Why does Jesus take the disciples to task? After all they had been through with him, some still didn’t believe what had happened. Matthew records the same issue.
“But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.”
What is the new normal? Jesus assures the disciples that the wonderful world of signs, miracles and wonders will continue. He even added a few items to the list they had not experienced yet. Jesus had alerted them about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Who knew the havoc it would create in the world. It was indeed about to get very bumpy. Will the dead be raised again? Water longs to be walked on!
Who does this apply to? Jesus is careful to say it is for believers, not just the disciples. Am I experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit in my life? Is that the norm in my church? Should I care?
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Learning is driven by an insatiable curiosity in God’s ways. The value of hard work and the merits of creative problem-solving are by-products of “fleshing out” Biblical principles and watching them come to life through God’s creative power. Families are transformed and young people are reformed.
When given the right conditions of sunlight and good soil, an acorn grows into a mighty oak. When the same acorn is crowded out by larger trees and the elements for health are lacking, the tree grows crooked and deformed.
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