CRE1: Disappointment, failure, suffering and death

We are fulfilled through the resurrection of Jesus and life in the spirit of the risen Lord.

Ways in which people find personal fulfillment

In a busy world, it is very easy to feel as if you are unhappy or in need of self-fulfillment. Maybe you feel as if you do not have enough money, or your relationships are not where you want them to be. You may easily catch yourself wondering, “I just had this or that, I would be happy”.

The truth is, self-fulfillment cannot always come from material things.

Fulfillment is a mindset, and happiness is found when you can reflect and find contentment.

Here are 7 steps that you can take to feel more fulfilled and happy right now.

1. Surround Yourself With Positivity

A great deal of your happiness can be affected by your environment.

If you notice that you spend much of your time with people who have a negative impact on your mood or attitude, it may be time to branch out and connect with people who make you smile and push you toward positivity.

2. Visualize Success

Give yourself goals to reach, whether in your personal or professional life. Maybe you want to lose weight, go back to school for a higher degree, or drink more water.

Whatever you ware wanting to accomplish, you are most likely to be successful if you set tangible goals.

After you have set these goals, implement a plan to achieve them step by step, and spend time visualizing what it will take to be successful. Developing a clear vision for your goals makes them more realistic and tangible.

A great tool to help visualize your future and focus on your goals is a vision board.

3. Celebrate Your Accomplishments

When you achieve success and reach your goals, it is incredibly important to celebrate those wins and reward yourself in some way. Give yourself recognition for a job well done.

This can be done by going out with friends for the night, buying that one thing you have been holding off on, spending a day treating yourself or simply doing anything to celebrate that you have accomplished a goal.

4. Take Charge

It is often too easy to put others in charge of your own happiness, such as a spouse or friend.

The truth is that you are completely responsible for your own happiness and fulfillment.

Instead of blaming other people or things for your lack of happiness, take the matter into your own hands and find ways to be fulfilled no matter what comes your way or how others treat you.

Being in charge of your own destiny and self can seem challenging, but is extremely rewarding.

5. Help Others

A great way to feel fulfilled is to share what you have with others. This can include time, money, or skills.

If you are using these resources to benefit others, you are sure to not only help them out, but you will add to your own happiness.

6. Take Care Of Yourself

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Even though it is great to help others, it is vital that you do not overlook your own needs. Give yourself rest when you need it. Lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

If you are taking care of yourself, you will be much more able to influence others around you and will feel happier overall.

7. Find The Good

While it may seem as if there is little to cherish in your life at times, you must look within and acknowledge the things that are going right. Find the situations and people in your life for which you are grateful, and focus on these.

Focusing on the positives will not only help you to feel a greater sense of fulfillment but will also allow you to identify the areas in your life where changes could be made.

Self-fulfillment does not happen in one day, it takes time and a conscious effort, but if you follow these steps and take action to change your daily rituals, you can become more fulfilled with the simplicities of your life.

Jesus’ resurrection as the fulfillment of his life and ours
(John. 19: 30; Philippians 3:10; Mark. 16 1 – 8 or John 20: 1‐ 10; 2 Corinthians. 5: 17;Philippians. 3 4 – 15; Ephesians. 1: 1‐4)

John. 19: 30

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar
Of the Roman soldiers, who offered it to him, either by way of reproach, or to quench his thirst; and he drank of it, as is very likely:

he said, it is finished;
that is, the whole will of God; as that he should be incarnate, be exposed to shame and reproach, and suffer much, and die; the whole work his Father gave him to do, which was to preach the Gospel, work miracles, and obtain eternal salvation for his people, all which were now done, or as good as done; the whole righteousness of the law was fulfilled, an holy nature assumed, perfect obedience yielded to it, and the penalty of death endured; hence a perfect righteousness was finished agreeably to the law, which was magnified and made Honorable by it, and redemption from its curse and condemnation secured; sin was made an end of, full atonement and satisfaction for it were given; complete pardon procured, peace made, and redemption from all iniquity obtained; all enemies were conquered; all types, promises, and prophecies were fulfilled, and his own course of life ended: the reason of his saying so was, because all this was near being done, just upon finishing, and was as good as done; and was sure and certain, and so complete, that nothing need, or could be added to it; and it was done entirely without the help of man, and cannot be undone; all which since has more clearly appeared by Christ’s resurrection from the dead, his entrance into heaven, his session at God’s right hand, the declaration of the Gospel, and the application of salvation to particular persons:

and he bowed his head;
as one dying, and freely submitting to his Father’s will, and the stroke of death:

and gave up the ghost;
his spirit or soul into the hands of his Father; freely laying down that precious life of his which no man could take away from him.

Early Christian accounts of Jesus’ resurrection Luke 24: 13 – 35; 44 – 48

The Walk to Emmaus. It occurs right after the Easter narrative in the Gospel of Luke (24:1-12), and it takes place later in the day on Easter Sunday.

Why is it that some believe, and others do not? Martin Luther explained it all so well in his explanation to the third article of the Apostles’ Creed in his Small Catechism. There, he says, we cannot believe by our own reason or strength; it is by the Holy Spirit that one comes to believe.

Second, the setting for most persons to come to faith is Christian worship, which includes Scripture, proclamation, and sacrament. That is also where the faith of all is sustained. It is the place where Jesus continues to reveal himself. The Christian faith is born and nurtured where people share in worship through word, gesture, and earthly means, such as water, bread, wine, and tactile expressions of mutual care–the smile, the clasp of another’s hand, perhaps even an embrace.

And, finally, the story for today is one of movement. It contains at least nine verbs describing movement. The two men “are going” (24:13), Jesus “came near and went with them” (24:15), they “came near” Emmaus (24:28), Jesus “walked ahead of them” (24:28), “he went in to stay with them” (24:29), “he vanished from their sight” (24:31), and “they got up and returned to Jerusalem” (24:33). Some of the verbs tell of movements made by Jesus; others tell of the two men. Either way, both Jesus and his followers are on the move. But it is not movement for its own sake. The moves being made have a purpose, and that is to tell the story of Jesus, to interpret it, to have fellowship (communion) with Jesus and others, and to share it all with others. That is what it means to be the church

Resurrection of Jesus as a message of joy, new hope and mission
(Acts 10: 34 – 44)

The resurrection of Jesus brings us this great joy for a number of reasons:

  • Forgiveness of Sin
  • Fellowship with God
  • Eternal Life
  • Our Bodily Resurrection
  • The New Heavens and New Earth

Jesus gave a mission to the church to take the great news of the gospel to all nations. His desire is that the news of his life, death, and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and for salvation through faith in him should be proclaimed to every people group in the world. This is a sure and certain hope for all nations. It is a sure hope in that it is designated to the nations and a certain hope in that it rests in the will and power of the risen Christ.

Jesus said to the disciples: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The reality of the resurrection does not mean the potential hope for the nations but a sure and certain hope for the nations, because the mission was given by the risen Christ, is empowered by the risen Christ, and will be fulfilled by the risen Christ.

So as we live in light of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus, responding with worshipand great joy, let’s go and join God in what he is doing in taking the gospel to all nations. And as we go in light of the reality of the resurrection, let’s look forward to the worship and great joy we will one day share with our brothers and sisters from all nations.

Ascension and Pentecost
(Acts. 2:1 – 36; Romans 8:14 – 15; John 15: 26; Acts 1:6 – 11;Luke. 24: 50 – 53)

Ascension Day is often considered the crowning event of the ministry of Jesus. On the fortieth day after Easter, the risen Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended to heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12). Christ that the disciples had known on earth had returned to his Father and they now had to
wait for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit who would empower them to continue Jesus’ ministry on earth.
Some churches observe Ascension Day with a service on that Thursday. Others observe Jesus’ ascension on the preceding or following Sunday.

On the day of Pentecost, 10 days after Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples received the greatest and most significant gift from the Father; the holy spirit.

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”).

It is also called Whitsun, but does not necessarily coincide with the Whitsun Bank Holiday in the UK.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world

The Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who was present when the foundations of the earth were laid, the Spirit by whom our Savior was conceived, the Spirit that was with Him every day of His life on earth, that same Spirit came and made His dwelling place with the sons of men. (Acts 2:1-4)

In that rush of wind, in those tongues of flame, as the Holy Spirit came and filled the disciples, the church.

In that moment Christianity became more than Jesus’ life alone: it became life in everyone who receives the Holy Spirit and walks in Him, not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh.

The difference that the Holy Spirit makes in the lives of those He fills is immeasurable. He fills them with a power that is inconceivable to the human mind. The same weak Peter, who only weeks earlier had denied Jesus three times out of cowardice and fear of the consequences, now stood and spoke so powerfully about the life and resurrection of Jesus to the masses of Jews who filled Jerusalem, that 3000 people became believers that day. (Acts 2)

The Holy Spirit gave Peter the boldness, the authority, the truth that he had never possessed until then. If that is what the Spirit can do in a person in a day, imagine the results in the life of a person who lives every day, week to week, month to month, year to year being obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. How could they not be transformed into vessels for God’s honor? As per the example of Peter, personality types mean nothing. The Holy Spirit gives power beyond human capabilities.

Reason for the coming of the holy spirit

Jesus promised the disciples that once He had left them He would send them the Holy Spirit as a Helper and a Guide. An incredible promise, that when He would no longer be physically among them, the same Spirit that was with Him on earth would come to guide the disciples on the way of truth. (John 14:15-18; Acts 1:4-5,8) On Pentecost that promise was fulfilled, and for the first time mankind were filled with this Spirit of power and truth. The tremendous significance of Pentecost is that now that Spirit is available to all who ask; all who obey God. (Acts 5:32) That is the Spirit of Pentecost. In this way God can speak to us.

“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:25-26. So the disciples needed the Holy Spirit to be reminded of what Jesus had said to them when He was on earth.

 

 

 

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