The week after Easter. Yes, I am grateful for His resurrection and I’m convinced that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in history.
That being said, I’m a “Rubber Meets the Road” type of guy, where “The proof is in the puddin” as my Grandad would say.
This week I would like to talk about, well for 40 days after Jesus walked out of the tomb, He spent it with the Disciples. By sticking fingers in His wounds, walking through walls, and assuring some pretty amazed faces that He was indeed, alive.
Along with that, were some residual facts. Like conquering death, overcoming the enemy, Healing, and now…”What’s Next?”
This week, like every week, I would like to talk about the answer to that question. “What’s Next?
You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, this is episode 91 What’s Next
Can you imagine how they felt? The Disciples may have felt like there was about to be a major overthrow and they were finally on the side of victory!
I mean, if you are listening to this and you are an American Christian, the reality is that you are not being persecuted for your faith, not like these guys were. I’m not trying to minimize your reality today, but the odds are, you have not experienced, nor are you experiencing persecution like the people during Jesus’ time when He walked the Earth.
They were looking for relief. They were looking for someone to stand up to the Romans, to a real persecutor. Not someone who may or may not have an agenda. Not an occasional death that may look like hate.
No, they knew what real persecution was. They may have been looking for someone who would lead them, to channel their agony, to direct their sorrow and avenge their woes.
And they just experienced seeing their leader walk out of the tomb?!?!?! They saw how he was beaten. They knew how skilled the Roman Empire was at tourture. And Jesus comes back from that, and in essence asking “What’s Next?”
Because a week earlier, when death had finished, everything seemed to be lost. Now things were different. So, What’s Next?
You may be asking the same question. Yes, you may have recently confessed that Jesus is the Lord of your life, and now you are asking “What’s Next?”
You might be “What’s Next?” to a situation where you have forgiveness, but you don’t know how to move forward, or just trying to figure out how to live a life that is good, and just, and how to be a better person than you are now. You are asking “What’s Next?”
You may already know this but Jesus lived a perfect life. The Bible tells us that He experienced and was tempted in all things. So He understands. No matter what you are going through, He understands.
But He also knows that we aren’t living a perfect life. I mean, we just can’t. There is something inside us that defaults to rottenness. No matter how hard we try, we can’t be perfect. As obvious as that sounds, we still try. We can’t.
Part of the Good News is, yes, Jesus offers us forgiveness for that. And He does, in a real way. But that still leaves us with the question, “What’s Next?”
All of us WANT what Jesus died for, full forgiveness. He came for Easter, no doubt.
But He walked out of that tomb, conquered death, and stayed another 40 days after that. He came for so much more than a hill called Calvary.
He came to answer your personal “What’s Next?”
You see, whether we realize it or not, we WANT the life that He died to give us.
What happens after the cross is an exchange of life.
The stuff, our rottenness is paid for with Christ’s blood. That’s on Calvary and He gave up His life. But now His life, His perfect life is now transferred to YOU. Yeah, you CAN live a perfect life. Through Him. Through His life.
See, we trade our death for His Death. When we do that, then He trades His Life for our life.
Dr. Rice Brooks says it this way, “The Gospel is the Good news that God became man in Jesus Christ. He lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died-in our place.”
“What’s Next?” Well, the simple answer is Living the Freedom Life! This is why we call our podcast by that name!
Jesus said in John 14:26 “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”
A couple of things about this.
1. We need to know what He said. If the Holy Spirit is going to remind us of the things Jesus said, we need to know the things He said. At KyleMcMurray Coaching, we give our clients what we call “Self-Investment Steps”. There is an element of study. We give homework. There is an investment that you need to make in yourself in order to see a permanent change.
2. We need to be teachable at all times. If the Father sends the Comforter and He is to teach us all things, our job is to be teachable. Have you ever heard the statement “Unteachable children will grow to be unemployable adults.” The Bible tells us this same thing in many different ways.
Those two things are key elements in your discovery of “What’s Next?”
We are out of time today, but I want to remind you that we are available, online, by phone, chat, social media. We want to help in your journey.
Remember, Coaching isn’t therapy. It’s product development, with you as the product. We develop people.
Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle