Monday Move – No Middle Ground

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On April 22, 2019, Posted by , In CCC News, With Comments Off on Monday Move – No Middle Ground

Monday Move - Logo -BlueMiddle ground is a position where two opposing viewpoints can be agreed upon, often but not always even extreme positions, options, or opinions.  Middle ground is a place where extreme positions can be mediated and where most people can find agreement.

There are times when the middle ground is beneficial, and there are times when the middle ground is even necessary.  In many ways, people tend to like the middle ground.

However, there are other times when the middle ground is not beneficial and not even possible, let alone necessary.  There are times when there is no middle ground – something has to be completely one way or the other.

What if there was an event in history that actually happened that leaves no middle ground about what we believe?  If this event didn’t happen, everything followers of Jesus believe falls apart.  If this event did happen, there are implications for everyone everywhere, not just followers of Jesus.

CCC’s No Middle Ground message explored an event in history that actually happened – and this event serves as the hinge point for what followers of Jesus believe.

Check out one account of the event that actually happened in Mark 6:1-12 and consider the following question about determining what you believe about what actually happened.

  • Why would the women buy spices and go to the tomb to embalm Jesus’ body?
  • What assumption about Jesus’ body did these women hold in asking who would roll the stone away?
  • How might you have felt if you arrived to find the stone already rolled away?
  • What possible explanations might there be for the stone being rolled away?
  • What is the significance in the angel offering for the women to see where Jesus’ body had been laid?
  • What possible explanations might there be for Jesus’ body being gone?
  • What do you think about the explanation offered by the angel that Jesus is risen from the dead?
  • If Jesus’ resurrection is not true, what are the implications for what followers of Jesus believe?
  • If Jesus’ resurrection is true, what are the implications for what followers of Jesus believe?
  • What are some things about Jesus’ resurrection you might be uncertain about?
  • If Jesus’ resurrection is true, what are the implications for what you believe and how you live?
  • What next steps will you take to determine what you believe about what actually happened on the first Easter?

We may want to take the middle ground about who Jesus is by accepting some things about him while dismissing or rejecting other things about him.  If Jesus’ resurrection is not true, the rest of the story doesn’t really matter.  If Jesus’ resurrection is true, the rest of the story has huge implications for all people everywhere.  What actually happened leaves no middle ground about what we believe.

Today is Monday – make it a day that you determine what you believe about what actually happened on the first Easter (and what the implications are for you personally).

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