WEEK OF APRIL 27, 2019

 Dr. Thomas Q. Robbins, Teacher


     We were reminded last Easter Sunday what makes Easter glorious.  It's not the weather, family gatherings, or family customs.  It’s glorious because of what was given to all mankind two thousand years ago!

     Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have forgiveness, victory over death, and personal access to Creator God.   Our program this week Dr. Robbins continues to keep our focus on the empty tomb, especially the meeting of Mary and the risen Christ.   What did Jesus mean when he told Mary to not “cling” or “hold on to him?”

     Jesus’ victory over death gives those who believe in him and the Cross so many things.  Here are just two:

  • 1.  The believer is given a new life style of freedom – a life that is not one of grasping, clinging, or holding onto things out of fear and intimidation about the future. 
  • 2.  Through the resurrection of Jesus the believer is given a new life of spontaneity, freedom, and assurance of the future.  This is found in the incredible package of God’s love, and is a beautiful illustration of His tender mercies and grace expressed to each individual. 

     Are you willing to trust God and not cling onto anything here on earth? – to not hold on tightly to anything in this life… including your very life?   We are not our own but have been bought, redeemed, ransomed at a great price… God’s only begotten Son.  Are you willing to give your all to God as a living sacrifice while you live?  You can begin living eternal life right now.   Don’t cling.  Let Go!  Only then can you live free….and full.

        In this Post-Easter message, “Don’t Hold On To Me",  Thomas Q reviews these truths with us.    Our text is the familiar passage in the 20th chapter of John, verses 1-18.  Thomas Q.’s premise is that the Resurrection established a new relationship, not just with Mary and the disciples, but with the Church today.  

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Something To Consider

Scripture makes an incredible assertion: "God lives in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God and those who confess him live in God."  You mean to tell me that "confessing that one believes that God lives in us and we live in God" is all it takes?   That doesn't make sense!  It just doesn't compute in my 21st Century world!  Do you know why you think that?   It’s impossible to accept this beautiful truth if you only use logic or reason.  Such truth can only can be accepted and believed -- made real -- through simple faith.   (I John 4:16)   -Thomas Q