Forever changed by the living Jesus ~ 4-26

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. — Robert Flatt

Information alone rarely changes lives. But when someone experiences the truth, their future is often changed for good. This is certainly the case of the disciples, who went from frightened to fearless very quickly. So what happened?

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19-20)

This encounter with the living Christ transformed them from men who hid behind “doors locked for fear of the Jews” into an unstoppable team. History and tradition show us that the disciples were tortured, exiled, and killed for their faith:

  • James of Zebedee was beheaded in A.D. 44.
  • Philip was scourged and crucified in Phrygia.
  • Matthew was martyred in Ethopia in A.D. 60.
  • James was stoned and clubbed in A.D. 94.
  • Matthias (Judas’ replacement) was stoned and beheaded in Jerusalem.
  • Andrew was crucified in Edessa.
  • Peter was crucified.
  • Bartholomew was beaten and crucified in India.
  • Thomas was thrust with a spear.
  • Simon the Zealot was crucified in A.D. 74.
  • Judas of James was crucified in Edessa in A.D. 72.
  • John was exiled to Patmos.

Billions of people can testify to the change that the resurrected Christ has made in their lives! Yes, information is important. But a living, relational experience with the risen Christ is most important.

How would your life be changed if you had a fuller awareness of the resurrected Jesus?

Pete Briscoe’s Daily Devotional – ‘Experiencing LIFE Today’