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January 30, 2012

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What I wouldn't give to be able to see, Jesus with my own eyes--to eat with him, listen to his teaching, laugh with him, talk with him, give him a hug. But they also watched him be carted off for execution. And they couldn't fast-forward the scene, nor could they skim to the last chapters in the book of Mark to find out what happened. The advantage I have over the disciples is that I can read and re-read his story--all the way to the end. And someday, in heaven, I will see him face-to-face, along with all his faithful disciples.

Sharon, that is so well said. Thank you for sharing.
-Adam

At first I was going to say that the first disciples had no advantages compared to Christians today. However, after seeing Sharon's comment I realized that they did have one huge advantage and that was that they had seen Jesus face to face! They had literally walked and talked with Him, they had a front seat to every message he ever spoke, they saw Him during down times when He was just living life day to day, and my favourite, they saw all those miracles He did. However, I think that the advantages stop there. Yes the disciples had the Holy Spirit come upon them in an amazing way for the first time ever, and they did miracles. But they were also hunted down and persecuted for sharing the good news. We have an amazing advantage in that many other Christians have gone and preached before us; we have pastors and sermons and books all helping us to share the gospel. We get to live in our homes instead of leaving everything and being hunted down like dogs. And most of all, we aren't persecuted when we share, a great many people even believe the same things we do. Really when you look at it like that, there really is no reason in the world for us not to share Jesus with others! What are we so afraid of!

I do not think that they had any better advantages then sharing the gospel than us. i don't think that we have any advantages over them because we can share the gospel just like them.

xo Elise

Elise: I think what you say is very true. You know what comes to mind? Right before the resurrected Christ leaves earth, he says "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you... he will guide you into all the truth." John 16:5-15 http://zndr.vn/zl7Jzw.

Brandi: You're right, we have a lot of resources to draw from and enjoy - from past thinkers and books and *being able to read*, to the support system of our churches, to the western culture that for all of its imperfections, still allows us to share our beliefs with little chance of penalty. Thanks for adding your perspective,

Adam

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