As we continue to look at the miracles of Jesus, we see that there were crowds of people in and around Galilee, who witnessed these miracles take place. They were impressed by what Jesus was doing, but they still weren’t placing their faith in the right place. They were believing in His power, but they weren’t yet believing in His person. See what kind of difference that makes on today’s Treasured Truth.
There is a certain progression to faith that each of us undergoes in order for our faith to grow. Often, we will see that God places us in situations that cultivate that progression and cause our faith to grow unexpectedly, because we have to rely on Him to help us through the situation in which we find He has placed us. That’s on today’s Treasured Truth.
On today’s Treasured Truth, we'll learn that believers can have confidence that the tragedy of death has been overcome. And in His resurrection, Christ is the “first fruits” of those who will be raised from the dead. Pastor Ford explains that although death can seem tragic, for the believer, it’s really just transportation from this life to the next.
As we continue this message from Matthew 27, Pastor Ford wants us to realize that God provides for us even through the tragedies in our lives. It’s easy to not see how that can be true sometimes, but God can really turn tragedies into triumphs. How can we know that’s true? Because the Bible tells us that all things work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Today, Pastor Ford brings an encouraging message about how tragedies—like the deaths of our loved ones—can be turned into victories. As we look at Matthew 27, he shares that the theme of this chapter indicates death can be transformed into triumph because of the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.