When Christ Rose
Posted: April 15, 2017
For many folks, Easter is about a treasure hunt for candy-filled eggs and the delicious family-sized buffet that follows it. I'm all for treasure hunts, and you better believe I'm all for candy and good food, but let's take a step back and reflect on what is at the heart of this holiday:
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, suffered and died. He was buried in a tomb, and then he rose again on the third day.
History was forever changed when Jesus rose from the dead! Instead of fearing death, we could now celebrate life. Sin's power was vanquished and the bondage of guilt and shame had been forever broken. We were given a new beginning and a fresh start.
When Christ rose, death lost, and we were set free.
It doesn't matter what's staring you in the face -- Death, sickness, marital strife, depression, financial woes, and fear were all defeated when Christ rose from the grave. Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life, they have been overcome!
So this Easter, let's pause for a moment and thank God for the life we have, and ask that that same life would find it's way into the hearts and lives of every person we know and love, and lead, and live by, and work with, and pray for.
God, thank you for saving me. Thank you for setting me free and for giving me new life. I want to ask you right now that those around me would have a sense of your love and your presence. God, I ask that you would save them, so that they can experience this new life that I have. I pray this in Jesus' name, amen.
"Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!"