April 11th – Do Not Cling To Me !




The most powerful word in the Christian message is simply this:Jesus, who died for us, IS ALIVE.He rose from the dead, fully and completely. Body, mind and spirit. HE IS RISEN.
Against this we live in a world that mutters ‘Dead men don’t come to life again’, ‘There is no resurrection’, yet they do believe in reincarnation (returning in another life-form). They believe in near or post death experiences (the return to life after being dead on an operating table or in a car crash). We are in a generation fascinated by ghosts and evil spirits, and so on, but live in total unbelief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.Strange people, aren’t we?

The New Testament is unanimous about this.The resurrection of Jesus was no hallucination. He met too many people.He was no ghost, they could touch him. There were no bodily remains rotting in some ancient cave.Don’t you think his enemies would have produced the remains if they could?The same Jesus IS ALIVE-MORE ALIVE THAN EVER -but different.

How do you mean different? Well, at first they didn’t recognise him. Mary thought at first sight that he was the gardener.The two from Emmaus thought him to be a traveller.Then the apostles thought what they saw was a ghost. The disciples fishing in Galilee thought he was a shore-based spotter.But it was the same Jesus – who had risen.
Then why the gap in our immediate recognition? Was this difference what Jesus was helping us to understand in what he said to Mary?
“Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’.” John 20: 17John 20: 17
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  

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He was risen, glorified, but not yet ascended.More alive than we are, for we live only in one dimension.He is alive in two, and more.

A Prayer
Thank you Lord Jesus Christ that I do not need to travel to Jerusalem to seek you. You are here with me now.Help me to recognise your presence when I cannot reach out and touch you.

Now read John 20: 19-31John 20: 19-31
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  

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