Celebrations abound. We exalt and lift high the sacrifice of our Redeemer and sometimes blend it while enjoying the newness of Spring. Delight in family, friends, and the life we have been given is a joy and our God created us to receive all with thanks for all He has given.
But, don’t miss the greater reality!
The King of Kings came in history, in real time. He chose the nails to give us new life!
Don’t miss the whisper that is actually a roar!
The truth remains. The fact is still…
The tomb is empty!
He has risen, just as He said!
And we delight in that risen Savior!
“It is finished” began in a manger and was complete at Calvary!
Tetelastai! Our debt has been paid!
BUT, though complete, it didn’t end there!
Jesus submitted to the Father, died on the cross, but, in His power, He burst forth from the tomb!
As the angel of the Lord sat on the rock that covered the tomb that, after the crucifixion, held Jesus Christ, he did so in triumph as a witness and a proclamation to the women who came to the place of burial…and to us today! Death could not hold the Son of God; He went willingly to the cross to redeem His own but He didn’t stay there and no “power of hell, no scheme of man could” hold Him!
And that same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that raises us to new life in Him.
New life that does not hold on to the old.
New life that decimates our shame.
New life that is redeemed by the works of our Savior not our own.
New life that is able to see with new eyes and trust even when we can’t.
New life that exalts in His glory and is amazed by His mercy and grace.
New life that is wrecked by freedom from our old; so desiring more that is different, transformed!
New life that humbly allows the Spirit of God to faithfully calm our fears.
New life that humbly allows the Spirit of God to break through our hard hearts and convict us of sins we hold too close; that humbly submits and fiercely battles the sins that so easily entangle.
New life that humbly allows the Spirit of God to then empower us to say “no” to those and “yes” to the increasing righteousness of Christ! Yes, it is how we are seen by the Father from the moment of surrender and more and more how we live out our lives in obedience to His commands.
New life that humbly lays down our idols and all we cling to for satisfaction, security, self-worth, and identity to find them in the only capable place – the heart of God.
New life to give the forgiveness and grace to others that we have been given in Christ.
New life to love in a way that makes no sense to the world – loving and serving those who may hate us, even harm us. Love that serves and yet never compromises the truth of God even if it rocks self-defined worlds and shatters man-made perceptions of God.
New life that seeks to give new life!
Because He has risen just as He said!
And no “power of hell, no scheme of man could ever pluck me from His hand; for I am His and He is mine, this is the power of Christ in me!”
The earth has quaked, the veil has been torn in two, the stone is rolled away and true freedom comes for those who lay down their lives, accept the free gift of salvation and the lordship of Jesus Christ, and so, live in the power of the resurrection!
And that roar is heard across the ages!
“…You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
“God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend.” Job 37:5