I have a hard time truly understanding the Resurrection. Every year I pray for greater comprehension of Easter and its monumental message, but I can't say I've gotten a better handle on it. I must pare away the churchy words and bring it down to a level I can catch. So this year I decided to think on what my life would be like if He wouldn't have come.
If Jesus wouldn't have come, died, and conquered death by coming back to life . . .
. . . I would be slaughtering animals, OFTEN, to pay for my mistakes. Ew.
. . . I couldn't approach God with any amount of confidence.
. . . there would be no clear way to heaven.
. . . my life would lack meaning and purpose.
. . . I'd always be waiting for the other shoe to drop, certain I'd offended God.
. . . the Holy Spirit wouldn't reside within, guiding and teaching me each day.
. . . I would not know the comfort of a sympathetic God.
. . . there would be no mansion waiting for me in heaven.
. . . I would not have a friend that sticks closer than a brother, available to me any time, anywhere, for any reason.
. . . I would be lost.
By coming back to life, Jesus proved He is God. He provided a way to unite with our Heavenly Father and ensured a place for us in heaven. These are HUGE implications for our lives, yet tough to grasp. I've decided to accept it anyway.
Because I am changed.
I know who I was and who I am since choosing to believe the Truth about Jesus. I know the impact our relationship has on me. I can muddle through no matter how gray the days are on earth, knowing the best is yet to come. Because of Him, I cope with the stresses of life. I know anything hard will be made good. There is beauty in life. Because Jesus came, died and yet still lives, I have hope and a future.
Even though I don't fully understand it, I accept the Resurrection because I am changed.
“No one can remain neutral regarding Jesus’ resurrection. The claim is too staggering, the event too earthshaking, the implications too significant and the matter too serious. We must either receive it or reject it as truth for us. To remain indifferent or undecided is to reject it.”
What about you? Have you believed Jesus, the Son of God, died on your behalf and rose again to unite you with God? Just as ignoring or dismissing a red light doesn't save you from the consequences, ignoring or dismissing Jesus doesn't nullify His work and the impact it has on your future.
How would your life be different if He wouldn't have come? What do you believe about the Resurrection?
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