Weekly Pastoral Message prepared by Rev. Murray Adamthwaite
for Sunday 13th March 1997
From the Pastor: The Resurrection III
An unusual sticker on the rear window of a car read as follows:|
and senseless acts of beauty.
The adjectives and the nouns hardly fit together, we might say, for it is
normal experience for bad behaviour to be "random" and "senseless". Hence
the stock explanation for wicked behaviour is often in terms of "derangement",
"a sick mind", or "a psychological case". I often wonder to myself, if this
type of explanation is valid, why such conditions can't equally produce
unusually good behaviour. Ever thought of that?
Such an unusual combination reminds us of one thing: a radical change in our
inner constitution is necessary in order to be the sort of people God's
standards require. Here is where Christ's resurrection comes in. One of the
beautiful benedictions of the New Testament is in Hebrews 13:20-21, wherein
God promises to bestow the power for every good thing to do His will, through
the same power by which He raised Christ from the dead. No, we don't need some
strange psychological condition to commit random and senseless acts of
kindness, but His risen power gives us a new "normality" whereby such
behaviour is the regular issue of a transformed character.
Are you a "normal" Christian living by His power?