Grace For The Journey
Today’s blog finds us at the end of Passion Week . . . that set of days leading up to the Sunday when we celebrate the most momentous event ever occurring on planet earth!
I pray it has been a time when you have reflected upon what Jesus endured on our behalf. I pray that God has used this week as a time to refocus and recharge our spiritual batteries
To ignite a deeper love and more powerful living for
Christ which the world desperately needs to see.
So, today, I want to use my blog to cause our hearts to be moved and our joy to run over as we think about Jesus and all He has done for us.
The Bible says in Acts 13:29-31, “And when they had carried out all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead, and for many days He appeared …”
God had ordained the crucifixion and sinful man had unwittingly cooperated with His plan which had been in effect prior to the creation of the universe (Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:19-20). The Messiah was rejected and crucified. Even though He had come to His own, His own did not receive Him (John 1:11). The price for our sin was offered there upon Calvary and it appeared to all spectators that an epic, irreversible tragedy had occurred. The disciple’s sky-high hopes had crashed to the earth. Every miracle which Jesus had performed in three-plus years of public ministry was now obscured with doubt and confusion. His words – now seem to be hollow and impotent! His followers had grown over time to hold more and more confidence in Him and there was no denying that His authority over demons, nature, and the shackles of sin had been demonstrated.
- Jesus had saved people from death.
- Jesus had banished disease and affliction from more people than could be counted.
- God’s Son had provided food to the hungry and freedom to the oppressed.
- Christ’s teachings reinforced the truth of God’s Word and shook the very foundations of the politicized religious structure of His day.
In the shadow of the cross, two worlds collided:
The world of hope and the world of despair.
As the crowd dispersed that day it seemed that despair had spoken the final word to them all. But … Then …
On that resurrection Sunday …
Life came from the tomb!
Despair was turned back, and, in the place where Despair once stood, there entered Hope.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the exclamation point on the Gospel.
The great barrier of sin, the intimidating opponent of death, and the dreaded reality of our eventual demise would haunt us day and night were it not for the Spirit-empowered resurrection that we has given us comprehensive victory!
There is no issue we face in life more vicious than sin and death.
Sin and death possessed the ultimate dominion
Over every person born into this world,
Until Jesus Christ emerged from the tomb!
Now the Resurrection testifies to us that, because the saving work of Christ is finished, it can be well with our soul. Unless Jesus comes again, we all will die at some point in time. Our final breath will occur and someone will declare us dead.
Here is something powerful to ponder . . .
A great truth that doesn’t appear after physical death but before it!
I don’t have to await death before resurrection
becomes something of significance to me.
Through the finished work of Jesus Christ, I have been granted resurrection power which is at work through the gift of eternal life. This means that God has brought forth life and there is nothing in this life that can undo that fact (Romans 8:31-35)! We live out our lives and are confronted with a thousand mini-entombments every day of our pilgrimage upon this earth.
How many times are we tempted to doubt that it is all over? We say to ourselves, “This is my undoing! Nothing good can come from this! There is no longer hope for escape!”
And yet we find as we wait upon the Lord and look to Him our strength and hope is renewed. We experience grace to mount up with wings like eagles; we somehow are able to continue our race and fight the fight and not become weary. We travel onward and do not faint.
You see, the Resurrection is not a nuance of the Christian faith.
The Resurrection is not limited to some historical event.
The Resurrection is all about a Person.
This Person is the Son of God and the Savior of all who believe.
He is the living Lord who relates to us today. If you are His, then hear Him tell you of your victory and accept His dare to believe Him to the fullest. Hear Him remind you that He is here. Hear His voice speaking with full authority over all that comes against you. Hear Him make again that grand promise from 2,000 years ago, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die . . .” (John 11:25-26).
Yes, today I do believe it because every day I should believe it. Some days I simply must believe it because it is my only anchor and mainstay.
As Easter approaches, think deeply on what you are to do with Resurrection.
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey
… Rest And Rejoice In The Wonderful Truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”