John 21:10-18 – Jesus the Living Word.
In November, we looked at the story of Mary meeting Jesus by the tomb and talked about what this story had to say to our own encounters with the living Jesus. So things to think about and have a go at:
- Ann shared her moving testimony about how Jesus had been at work in her life, if you were asked to give a testimony about Jesus being alive in your life, what would you say? (Do speak to one of the team if you might like to share a testimony in one of our future services, it is always encouraging for others to hear what God is doing in the lives of His people).
- When was the last time that you had an encounter with the living Jesus? Think about what happened, and what changed as a result.
- What do you think is your biggest barrier to re-encountering the living Jesus?
- In the service, we thought about Mary standing by the tomb, crying because she didn’t understand what was happening. What area of your life can represent that tomb? What crisis, anxiety, pain, frustration, sin are you standing by and crying? Do you believe that this is where Jesus wants to meet with you?
- Is this something you feel you’ve spoken to Jesus about before? Like Mary asking Jesus where his body was, are you actually talking to Jesus already, but some misunderstanding or pain or an unwillingness to let go is preventing you from encountering the truth and power of Jesus.
Spend some time in prayer and imagine yourself in the story. Take a good look at the tomb and reflect on what you see. Notice Jesus coming towards you and talk to Him. Tell Him what is in the tomb and then hear Him say your name. How does He say it? How does it make you feel? What does He tell you to do? What has changed for you through this encounter?