From Fearful to Fearless

This weekend we Celebrate the most documented event in history; the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Easter will be celebrated around the world by millions of people, but the significance of Easter isn’t about a set of beliefs, philosophy or religion.  The significance of Easter is that it’s the single most important event in history; the resurrection of Jesus.  I know there are skeptics and many who don’t believe; even Jesus 1st disciples didn’t understand why Jesus came initially.   Jesus told them He’d be betrayed, crucified and then rise from the dead three days later, but they didn’t get it.  They said they believed He was the Son of God, but on that 1st Easter Sunday it’s interesting that they weren’t at His tomb.  These were men who spent 3 years with Jesus; they heard Him teach and saw Him do many miracles.  Yet, on that Sunday morning, most of them were hiding from the religious leaders who were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus.  Even when Mary told them she’d seen Jesus alive that Sunday morning, some of them still had doubts.  That is, until they saw Him – ALIVE.  That changed everything.  These fearful men became fearless, because the event of the resurrection proved to them that Jesus was the Messiah – the Son of God.  And this confirmed for them everything He had taught, said and done.  They even confronted the religious leaders who had the power to kill them about crucifying the Son of God; they were fearless.  Secular and church history, as well as tradition, tells us most of them were eventually killed for their faith; they were crucified, beheaded, thrust through with spears, or stoned to death.  They were killed because they would not renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.  Sane people will not die for something they KNOW is a lie.  These followers of Jesus died for the truth.  The resurrection wasn’t a story for them; it was real – something they experienced personally – something that changed them from being fearful to fearless.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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