Easter is over. Chocolate bunnies are now a steal at ¼ price, and we’re sinking back into our workweek routines. Nice! We met together with family, ate our ham, shared some chocolate. Hopefully we attended a church service, or two, and gave at least some thought to a bloody crucifixion.
But if we took anything to heart from our brother Don’s exhortation this past Sunday the truth of that sacrifice should yet be reverberating. Easter is not just a long ago event and an annual commemoration. Easter must impact the believer daily.
What is your first thought each morning as you rise? You had been sleeping, but now you awaken. Perhaps it is to remind us mortals of our dependency upon resurrection that our Creator built sleep and waking into the necessities of His creatures. Jeremiah, the beleaguered and otherwise “weeping” prophet, still extolled “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Jer. 3:22-23).
Every breath you have taken, and all you yet will, are gifts of His grace, allowed by Him, for He has high hope for you. The resurrection of Christ shows that death need not be the end of us. There is another way. “I am that Way,” He said (John 14:6). Christ wants to make us something glorious! He wants to make YOU something glorious!
Though the devil and personal depression seek to destroy us, tell lies to us, and press us to despair, God is for us (Rom. 8:31)! Resurrection to newness is on our agenda! This world and its experiences of sin and failure are but temporary. The believer reaches out, smashes that shell of temporal limitation and believes in what is beyond, “as seeing Him Who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27).
Has Jesus appeared to you in that way? After Easter? In the everyday? While looking at the marked down bunnies and in the routine places of your workweek world? You are yet in this world for a reason… for a mission. You are yet in this world to share this great truth with others.
Even in the middle of the mundane, look up! He is Risen! And so shall you!
To hear Don Longworth’s Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.