The “ripple effect” … Began with Jesus – continues with us!

The ripple effect

I’m impressed this morning by “the ripple effect” – one small stone in a quiet pool can impact the entire body of water. I know you’ve seen it. The stone drops… the ripples spread everywhere!

And a single, significant life – the life of the Lord Jesus Christ – has impacted powerfully the whole world! I read about the early stages of His ministry this morning during “Coffee with the Lord”…

“Jesus went throughout all of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. So a report about Him spread… People brought to Him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions… and He healed them! And large crowds followed Him…” (from Matthew 4:23-25) The “Stone” has been dropped into the pool of humanity…

At the end of His earthly ministry, after His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus appeared to His followers and said to them, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you!” And when He had said this He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit!” (John 20:21-22)

Apostle Paul referred to those who follow Jesus as “the body of Christ!” Now we are His hands, His feet, His voice, His healing presence in our world (the “pool”) – and our task is re-present Him in our world in the power of the Holy Spirit without distortion… to continue the ministry He began! (Which incidentally, is the story began, and was unfinished, in the book of Acts in the Bible.)

The “ripple effect” – the Stone has dropped into the pool! Watch the ripples spread! (Oh help us Lord!)

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