“…life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, life finds a WAY!” ~ Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
I really like that movie – and I always enjoy Dr. Malcolm’s description of the power of life. He, of course, is couching his description in the course of natural evolution – but I like to imagine his description applying to The Life – the redeemed life found in Christ. And it’s not so much that God’s life finds a way, but that God makes a way.
We’re going to be reading Acts 5:12-42 in our study this Sunday, continuing our way through the book of Acts.
Luke again repeats a pattern started in chapter 4, where we see the good being done by the infant church resisted and opposed by the powers that be. We can get the message…this new life that God is forming in us is going to be resisted by the systems and patterns of this broken world.
What are the ways, besides just human antagonism, that we can find ourselves being resisted in our journey of faith in Christ? Have you ever been moving in the right direction only to find everything going wrong in your life? What is your greatest temptation in those times?
I love the words of the angel in this passage: “Go to the Temple and take your stand. Tell the people everything there is to say about this Life.” What encouragement can you derive from those words?
The speech given by Gamaliel in the final section of this passage is quite profound. “If this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.” In other words…this Life is unstoppable. His words were spoken over 2,000 years ago. If 2,000 years of hardships, pressures and persecutions could not stop this Life…what will be able to stop God’s redeeming life in you?
Hope to see you this Sunday!