By Sandy Shaw
This was quite a revelation to me when I first saw its truth – and it has also been such a blessing as I have shared and testified to what has become part of my spiritual experience.
Jesus Christ, having been crucified, but now risen from the dead, ministers to three people with seriously deep needs – to sad and sorrowing Mary – to Thomas who questioned the disciples’ authentic testimony – and to Peter who was ashamed, or broken, by past unfaithfulness and failure.
You may read of these encounters in John’s Gospel in Chapter 20 and 21. There was and is much more.
When Jesus Christ was hanging on the Cross, Jesus showed a specific and special concern for his mother. It is assumed Mary was now a widow, and although she had other sons, Jesus asks John to look after her.
Such understanding care and compassion – does it not melt your heart? There is a profound challenge here which we must not run from or avoid.
What Jesus Christ started he wants to continue and perfect.
What Jesus started in you, he wants to complete. He is not finished yet!
Jesus is not finished saving and rescuing people from their sin and sins.
Jesus is not finished exchanging sorrow for joy.
Jesus is not finished giving peace that passes all understanding.
Jesus is not finished making a way, where there is no way.
Jesus is not finished loving you and me.
Jesus is not finished healing the sick and delivering the captives from whatever might be restricting and limiting them – from alcohol or drug addiction.
Jesus is not finished mending broken hearts, or lifting heavy burdens.
Jesus is not finished opening doors which no man can close, and closing doors which no man can open.
Jesus is not finished being our light and hope for tomorrow – providing guidance and direction and leadership.
Jesus came that we might have life, and have it to the full.
Although we may not see him physically, his resurrection power informs that he is not finished giving life to those who are open to receive whatever he generously gives.
What baffles me and puzzles me at times is why there are not queues of men and women seeking a touch and assurance and reassurance and blessing from the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ.
“Dear God – Hear those of us, as in Jesus Name, we humbly bow and pray. Lord God, we are aware that there is so much more you wish to in our lives and through our lives. There is a needy waiting world out there. As we read Your Word and as we pray make the future clearer – as to where and how we are to serve and shine and witness. Amen”
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 12 visits to Israel, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland”, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly.