Day 228: August 16, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Luke 24:33-35
33 That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together, 34 who said, “The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

1 Corinthians 15:5a
…and that He appeared to Cephas,

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!
—Luke 24:34

Look and See
by Mike Harland, Member of Brentwood Baptist Campus

Ever feel a little jealous of the disciples? I mean, when you think about the things they saw, it can make you feel a little left out of the whole thing. If only we could’ve seen Him—and touched Him—like Thomas, then I’m sure we’d be a lot more motivated to live for Him today.

But our basic problem isn’t that we didn’t see Him then. The problem is that we don’t see Him now. But Jesus is alive! In the days that followed the disappearance of His body, the Bible tells us there were many convincing proofs that Jesus had conquered death and the grave (Acts 1:3).

If we’ll stay in His word, stay consistent in our prayer dialogue with Him, and set our hands to work in His will for His kingdom every day, we’ll see Him at every turn.

We see him in…

  • The eyes of the child who firsts surrenders his or her life to Christ, and their faith thereafter.
  • The peaceful spirit of a wife that says goodbye to her husband yet stands with courage and comfort in her time of loss.
  • The ways He hears and answers prayers.
  • The symphony of praises of His people as we worship Him.
  • Sunsets and oceans, in waterfalls and flowers in spring, in mountains and miracles, and in quiet moments of reflection.
  • His whispers of peace into our chaos.

Everywhere we look for Him, we see Him. And because we do, we’re just as much witnesses to His resurrection as those, like Peter, who saw Him in person.

If you’re not serving Him, it’s because you haven’t seen Him. And if you seek Him with all of your heart, then Jesus said you’ll surely find Him. And to find Him anywhere is to see Him everywhere.

Jesus is alive. Look and see.

Reflection Questions

  1. Review the last few days. What have been the ways you have seen Jesus at work? How have you seen the evidence of His presence and power?
  2. Think about the day ahead of you. Can you anticipate the ways you could see the proof of Jesus’ life at work in you?
  3. What are some simple things you can do to open your eyes to His work in your life?
  4. Think about a time you felt the presence of Jesus in a profound way. What were you doing? How did Jesus show Himself to you?
  5. If you’re a disciple of Jesus, according to Romans 10:9, at some point you have confessed with your mouth and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. How does being a witness to His resurrection affect your daily life? How should it?

About the Author

Mike Harland

Originally from Corinth, Mississippi, Mike grew up playing sports and his guitar, and writing and singing songs. After he graduated from Delta State University, where he majored in music and played baseball, Mike earned his Master of Church Music degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

For 25 years, Mike served in churches as a worship pastor across Mississippi and Texas. Along the way, songwriting became an important part of his life’s work. His songs have been recorded by Christian artists and arranged for church choirs. He has more than 200 published works that include a number of musicals and collections.

In 2005, LifeWay Christian Resources asked Mike to lead the development of music and worship materials for churches as Director of LifeWay Worship. In this role, he writes songs and articles, and he speaks about worship across the U.S. and around the world.

In 2008, Mike was the Editor of a new hymnal for Baptists. He also co-authored the book and Bible study Seven Words of Worship with Christian Music industry veteran Stan Moser. Later, in 2011, New Orleans Seminary awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mike is married to Teresa and they live in Franklin, Tennessee with their youngest son John. They’ve been members of Brentwood Baptist since 2005.