Hi, everyone! Great to be back after Holy Week! Picking back up again where we left off, but hopefully with a renewed perspective and purpose!)
So what do you think? Of all the Sundays in a year, Easter would be the one Sunday where everything should go “the one right way,” shouldn’t it? There should be one day when all of the words are right, when everyone sings all of the verses for all of the songs and gets all of the words right and all of the musical notes perfect!
That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Or is it maybe about none of those things at all? “Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!” It’s the risen part that is so wonderful! (Even if you forget to add the “Alleluia!” or slip and put in “Yabba Dabba Doo!”)
And you know what? Sometimes your heart really can get lost in feeling the greatness of a physical and spiritual reality like the Resurrection of Jesus Christ…so much so that your heart really does forget the words, and maybe for more reason than just losing your place in the hymnal. Maybe because what your heart is feeling surpasses the words in the hymnal!
But consider this miracle!
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:26 (NASB)
“He has risen, just as He said.” Those are wonderful words.
Now I would invite you to use your imagination a bit because if you have been baptized those words are about YOU too! Even though your name isn’t printed in that place in the Bible, just like “Yabba Dabba Doo” isn’t printed in the hymnal!
Here’s how it looks for me, so why not try it out with your name and make it personal?
“John is not here. John has risen, just as Jesus Christ said he would. Come, see the place where John was lying.”
having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. Colossians 2:12 (NASB)
Really a different way of looking at yourself, wouldn’t you agree?!? I’m going to think on that for a while!