May We Be Easter People!
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. God initiated the entire salvation plan.
No matter what circumstances I find whirling around me, I know that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. I can be threatened with fear of experiencing imminent pain and heartache, but I can remember that God initiated the entire salvation plan.
Jesus was raised. God initiated. An impossibility solving our greatest needs really happened when we were helpless. Powerless.
And we didn’t even have to ask.
Do we understand just how much this really matters?
It’s time that we let the resurrection of Christ reach our broken places. The annual Easter holiday may be slipping from our minds, but now is still the time for us to become Easter people.
On Easter, we celebrate the absolutely amazing and inconceivable power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Power that exceeds our comprehension in the highest and mightiest of ways.
We affirm with loud voices our conviction: “He is risen, indeed!”
Yet we struggle to carry even an ounce of hope into the darkest, most intimate places of our hearts. We grasp and we scheme and we worry and we stress ourselves to the point of defeat.
We don’t have to live this way. I’ll go one step further. We shouldn’t live this way.
God doesn’t promise that life will be peaches and flowers and sunshine and unicorns. We live in a world that is desperate for healing and pervaded with pain. We live without guarantees of what tomorrow will bring and feel the jolts of persistent change.
But Jesus died because of love. God loved us first and he still loves us first. We didn’t have to do or be anything to earn that love.
Easter people live with hope always because we believe Jesus was raised from the dead and that God initiated the entire plan. If we believe in the resurrection, do we believe God’s power can do more than we could ever concoct in our own minds as the ideal outcomes for our life circumstances?
Humbly, we lay down our own thoughts and wait expectantly for something only the Almighty God can orchestrate.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.