Truth In The Twaddle

Although the story of the Resurrection seems crazy, it’s 100%, absolutely true!

While reading through Luke’s account of the resurrection, I noticed two words that stood out, “idle talk.”

I had to look up what these words meant exactly. Translated from the Greek word léros, they mean twaddle. This word twaddle means silly talk or nonsense, incredible story.

If you haven’t noticed, I like looking up definitions of words because it gives a stronger and deeper meaning to something if you know what it means. I’ve heard people try to give a definition of a word and you can tell they are making it up or saying what they think it means, not what it actually means. Definitions and uses of words are very important in our language.

“It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭24:10-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The women mention here in these verses had gone to the tomb with their burial spices to take care of the body of Christ. When they arrived, the stone was rolled away and they were able to go inside the tomb. They looked and there was no body of Jesus! As they stood there wondering what was going on, two angels appeared and told them that Christ had risen again according to the words that He had spoke. They were amazed and went and told the disciples what they had seen that day!

The disciples heard their story and thought it was just idle tales, nonsense, twaddle! They didn’t believe what these women were telling them! How could Jesus come back to life? How could the grace be empty? Who took His body? Why were these women making up these ridiculous stories?! I’m sure the disciples were thinking about all these different things as they listened to the women talk excitedly about the empty tomb and the angels they saw!

The first disciple to act upon this story they just heard was Peter. I’m sure that as Peter was sitting there listening to this crazy tale, he was thinking about the time he had spent with Jesus. I’m sure Peter thought about the people he had seen Jesus heal. The raising of Lazarus and the widow’s son probably flashed through his thoughts. Watching Jesus walk on the water, all the other miracles were in Peter’s mind. I’m sure as he sat there, he was like, “maybe, just maybe, what these women are saying is true!” Peter got up and ran, I’m sure he ran as fast as he could to see that tomb!

Peter arrived at the tomb, saw the stone rolled away and walked inside. He saw the linen garments laying there and he walked away wondering. He was probably wondering why he ever doubted that Christ was the Son of God. Peter was probably wondering where Jesus had gone. He was probably wondering if He would ever see Christ again.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ to some is just a ‘twaddle’ or a form of an ‘idle tale.’ To many though, it is the greatest event to happen throughout time! Without Jesus rising again, we wouldn’t have salvation!

Though the disciples thought these women were just telling a ‘twaddle’ there was truth in it. Truth that Jesus Christ did rise again and that the tomb was empty!

I’m thankful for the amazing and wonderful event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

The Blessing of Salvation

The past few weeks, my pastor has been bringing some amazing messages on salvation! From how to be saved, all the way to being saved, many topics dealing with salvation have been covered!

As I sit there and listen to the preaching, I think back to that Tuesday night in November of 2016. I can remember where I was and the feeling of God working on my heart as I knew I needed to be saved. I knew I was lost. I knew that if I died that night I would go straight to Hell. I knew without a doubt I was not saved.

As I sat and talked to my friend, asking him what I needed to do, he simply said “you already know what you need to do, just do it.”

You see, I was born into a Christian family. I remember going to church from a young g age. I went to a Christian school. I attended more conferences than I can remember. I even remember the first time I took someone through the plan of salvation and showed them how they can accept Christ as their own personal Saviour.

I remembered the first time I made a profession of faith. I even remember the second time I made a profession of faith. But I also knew both of those moments were built on situationist experiences and not Holy Spirit conviction. Those moments were head knowledge and definitely not a heart knowledge.

I knew in my heart that I was a lost sinner on my way to Hell. I knew that I was without Christ. I sat in that garage on a cool November night scared to go any farther in life without Christ as my Saviour. When my friend looked at me and said “you already know what to do” I knew that he meant I had to make the choice that night of making Christ my personal Saviour.

I remember that he walked out of that garage and left me sitting there to talk to God that night. I sat there and I thought of Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23 and how that I was a sinner. I thought of Romans 6:23 and how that my penalty for sin was death in Hell, but how Christ paid that penalty for me and I just had to accept that gift. I thought of John 3:16, the amazing verse of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice so that a lost and dying soul like mine could have eternal life in Heaven. I thought of Romans 10:9-13 and how it all came down to being a personal choice to accept Christ as my Saviour. I remember sitting their and talking to God, asking for forgiveness of sin and accepting Christ as my Saviour. I remember the feeling of relief and joy that came over me in knowing that I had made Christ mine, I had finally accepted that gift of salvation!

I had known for so long how to act like and be a Christian. I had known for so long how to serve Christ. But I had know for awhile that I was empty on the inside and I needed Christ.

It doesn’t matter your background, your upbringing or what you know. At some point, you will have to make a personal decision about the gift of Jesus Christ. Have you accepted Christ as your Saviour? Have you accepted that free gift of salvation? It’s a personal decision that no one else can make, it is between you and Jesus Christ. If you haven’t, today is the day of salvation.

Below is a simple plan of salvation…

1. We have to recognize our condition. Our condition is that we are all sinners. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 All the good we do will never be good enough to reach Heaven for the simple fact we are sinners by nature. No matter how much good, or how hard you try you will still fall short.

2. We have to realize there is a penalty for sin. The penalty for sin is death in Hell. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a There is a price for sin and that price is death in Hell. So we as a sinner deserve to pay for our sin by death in Hell. So far it has been all bad news, well continue reading!

3. Believe that Christ died for you. Jesus Christ was the perfect Son of God sent to die on the cross for all of man’s sins. He came to pay that price for you and for me so that we wouldn’t have to go to Hell. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Christ paid that price of sin when He died on the cross. He didn’t just die He shed His blood to cover our sins. The best part is that Christ didn’t stay dead, He rose again after three days and now He is sitting on the right hand of God waiting to call His children, those who have accepted Him as Saviour, home to Heaven one day.

4. Trust in Christ alone as your Saviour. There is no good work, act or deed that can save you. There is no family member or friend that can save you. The only person who can save you is Jesus Christ. “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23b “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 The greatest gift you can receive is that of eternal life through Jesus Christ. All you have to do is place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you. You can do that today, wherever you are at by simply asking Him to save you. Let me help you word a prayer so that you can ask Christ to save you. (Realize it is not the words that save you but the faith and trust you put into Jesus Christ to save you.) “Dear Jesus, I realize that I am a sinner. And because I have sinned I deserve to go to Hell to pay for my sin. But you died on the cross, shed your blood and rose again to pay that price for me. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart and save me. I put my faith and trust in You alone to save me and take me to Heaven. Thank you, Jesus. Amen! Accepting Christ as your Saviour is the greatest thing you can ever do in your life. If you accepted Christ I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions of further questions, feel free to reach out to me below.

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Are You Frustrated?

Many Christians are spiritually frustrated because they have frustrated the Gospel of Christ.

One of the things I work on all the time is not getting frustrated in life. If something doesn’t go the way I want it to, I get frustrated. If something happens that I don’t like or agree with, I get frustrated.

The most common definition of definition of frustrate is to induce feelings of discouragement. Many people get discouraged when something in life doesn’t go their way. I get discouraged at times also! When I do get discouraged, I have to remind myself that my hope isn’t in man or in things but that my hope is in the Lord!

In the Christian life, I believe many people get ‘burnt out’ doing the Christian duties that we hear about so often. They may get tired of doing Christian duties, they may feel like they are never going to reach that standard of Christianity that has been set by someone in their life, whether it’s their parents, a church or someone they look up to. Many decide since they can achieve the spiritual level required of them, they just won’t try any more. This is just a sad fact in Christianity today.

The reason many people give up on Christianity is not because they aren’t saved but because they have ‘frustrated the grace of God.’

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The word frustrate in this verse means to make ineffectual, to bring to nothing.

As a Christian, we have to realize that the grace of God is sufficient for us! We have to realize that there is absolutely nothing we can do for salvation. Salvation is through Christ and Christ alone. Probably my favorite thing about salvation is that since I have accepted Christ as my Saviour, I do not have to do anything to keep Christ as my Saviour. Once saved, always saved, no matter what!

What Paul is talking about here in Galatians is how they were confusing grace with the law and the law with grace. They are two different things but you have to have both to understand both! I wouldn’t know that I needed grace unless I knew that I didn’t measure up to the law.

What I do after salvation for Christ isn’t to keep my salvation but to show my love and gratitude towards Him and what He did for me.

If I think that my works after salvation do anything to keep me saved or make me any more righteous in His sight, than I have frustrated the grace of God and made it of none effect.

Christian, don’t get burnt out by getting frustrated at serving Christ! Change your mindset on why you serve Him! Don’t serve Him because YOU think you have to, to keep your righteousness. Serve HIM because you love Him and want to serve Him your gratitude for what HE has done for you.

If you are getting frustrated (discouraged) in your service to Christ, it may be that you are frustrating (making of none effect) the grace of Christ by trying to achieve righteousness through your own works.