Maybe this Easter Sunday your heart was feeling heavy. Perhaps your weariness and burdens made it difficult to celebrate the beauty of this day. You are grateful for the blood he shed, thankful for the empty grave, yet saddened by the broken lives and circumstances that seem trapped within the grave. Helpless behind the weight of that heavy stone–waiting to be resurrected, waiting to be redeemed.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:1-4 NLT)
The day before he laid down his life to save a wretch like me, Jesus spoke these words reminding us that the story doesn’t end with his death. He reminds us that redemption doesn’t stop at the day of his resurrection. He is coming again. He is coming to rescue his children and redeem what has been lost. He is coming to bring us home.
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
While we await his triumphant return, we are faced with the stark reality of living in a broken and fallen world. A world yet to be fully rescued and a world yet to be restored. But there is hope.
We can take heart because we serve a God who is in the business of overcoming, and a God who is the business of raising things from the dead. A God who breathed life into a valley filled with dry bones and they lived (ezekial 37), A God who told a dead man named Lazarus to rise up and walk and he rose (John 11), a God who sent his son to overcome the power of sin and death and he overcame.
“They say, ‘our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ …Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open our graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live…” Ezekial 37:11-14
This God knows your sorrow. He knows your burdens and he is well acquainted with your grief. And He promises that there will come a day when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4
So let us rejoice, believe, take heart, rise up and know without a shadow of a doubt, that Christ died for whatever we are facing, he has risen and he is still in the business of raising, and he will be coming again.
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Gratitude: Give thanks— “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world” John 16:33
Grow: What grave needs opened? What dry bones need renewed hope and life?
“Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them…I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open our graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live…” Ezekial 37:11-14
Give: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4
Who can you share this with today? How does this resonate with you?
Each LSLW post includes three areas of reflection in hopes to offer a chance for us to give thanks, grow in our personal faith and find ways to pour out from our lives what Christ has poured into us.
© Tamara Gurley 2014