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For those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, the celebration of Easter (Resurrection) Sunday is the high point of the year. Most of us know the story well, that Jesus is unjustly convicted of crimes He did not commit and sentenced to die by the gruesome means of crucifixion. As He hung nailed to that cross, He supernaturally bore the sins of the entire world in order that those who accept His offer of eternal life may have it. The consummation of God’s plan to save sinners is seen in that glorious morning we just celebrated when we proclaim with one voice that He is Risen! Christ conquers death so that all with faith in Him may know the assurance of God’s infinite love.
But then Monday comes with it’s work demands and hectic schedules. Kids need to get ready for school again and bills need to be paid as life begins it ‘normal’ routine once again.
As I jot these thoughts down, it is Wednesday. The question I pose to myself, and to you who bless me by taking time to read my blog, is this: Does the account of Jesus’ resurrection remain in the forefront of your heart and mind? Has the ensuing seventy-two hours since Sunday somehow dampened the joy that was so readily expressed then?
Life has a way of distracting us, doesn’t it? For me the above-mentioned passing hours have included a fender bender car accident and the spring-time version of an allergy attack. I am sure others have been faced with far more trying things than I have, and yet Resurrection Sunday has been somewhat diminished to me as life has happened around me and my family.
As I re-read that last sentence, I cringe a little. Is what happens to me somehow powerful enough to put the saving power of Jesus Christ on the back burner? In truth the answer is no, it is not. I make the choice to allow circumstances to alter my focus.
The Apostle Paul, a person who had a face-to-face meeting with the resurrected Christ, wrote these words to the church in Philippi: I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection (Philippians 3:10a).
I believe that if I make that my mantra for each day, if my deepest desire is to know the Lord better and to recognize the power of the resurrection around me today, the influence of the happenings of life will diminish. That’s not to say unfortunate and nasty things will stop happening, but it is to say that the power of God that was displayed through the resurrection of Jesus, is a knowable and tangible thing for the person of faith each and every day!
It will take discipline for me and you to do this, but it can be done. In my small circle of people in my life I have seen it lived out, no matter what life has thrown at them. The reality of Christ and the love that conquered death is as real and powerful today as it was on that first Easter morn. Knowing and living in this truth makes today: Resurrection Wednesday!
How about you? Any thoughts or experiences that have helped you keep the resurrection of the Lord Jesus always fresh in your mind and heart? Please share.
Thanks for reading,