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He Is Risen Indeed

First century Christians would greet each other with the words, "He is risen!" If this greeting was received by another believer, they would reply, "He is risen indeed!" By giving and exchanging this coded greeting early Christians could be fairly certain they were talking to someone else who believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior and not some spy from Caesar or the Jewish temple guard who sought to imprison Christians.

Today our greetings to one another are not usually marked with such secret phrases or code words. Yet our hellos might be tinged with other thoughts not spoken but hinted at between the lines. For example, someone might say hello and how are you, when what they really want to know is whether or not you've found a job yet. Someone else might even ask you how an interview went or if you've had a response to your emailed resumes, when what they're really wanting to know is why are you still unemployed? You have skills, abilities, a decent personality. So what's wrong with you that you still don't have a job?

But thankfully there's at least one person who doesn't speak in coded greetings or with hidden messages. That one person is God. God only ever says what He means. In fact Jesus says more than 30 times in the Gospel of Matthew alone, "I tell you the truth," so that people would know that what God says is true. And what does God say?

...God loves you more than you realize: Titus 3:4-5
...Your life has a divine purpose: Jeremiah 29:10-14
...God stands ready to give you guidance: Proverbs 3:5-6
...Nothing that happens in your life ever escapes God's attention:Genesis 16:6-14
...Though bad things happen, God is still in charge: Daniel 2:20-22; 4:17,35
...God promises blessings for your faithfulness to Him: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

But best of all Psalm 145:13 says "The Lord is faithful to all his promises." Catch hold to at least one of the promises listed above as you go through this next week. Pair it with this verse in Psalms, and repeat this to yourself whenever the roller coaster of unemployment and life rushes you down the track and into the tunnels of the unknown. Keep trusting God for the ride, for "He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23)! He is risen; He is risen, indeed!


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