To be clear, Jesus Christ saved my life. I owe who I am today to Jesus. I do not take his life or death lightly. Not at all. When I consider Jesus at the time of his resurrection, I imagine Jesus chuckling a little or maybe a lot that he isn’t really dead. He is RISEN! Alive. Certainly he took time to rejoice, reunion, and celebrate with Heavenly Hosts. Thereafter, I imagine Jesus shaking his head a bit, taking a big breath in, maybe a scratch on his head, and having a hardy last laugh. He was not destroyed. He REIGNS! Ha!
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”
When I think about my own “resurrection,” I chuckle a little. It’s a relief chuckle now. Like “wow, I made it!” I have not overcome death of my body, my heart never stopped, my lungs continued to breathe. But I am confident I overcame death of mind and death of spirit. Addiction kills both mind and spirit; often the body. I am clear one instance in particular provoked my entry into mental and spiritual death, a tomb of sorts, a stone eclipsing hope. This proved true for sixteen years for sure. But that instance failed to destroy me. Once through all that, when I allowed Jesus to take hold of my limp existence, I was risen and alive (again). I consider joyfully that what was intended to bury me actually gave way for my own, unique, very personal, “resurrection.” I was not destroyed, but LIVE! Ha!
Act 4:2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
What was intended to destroy Jesus instead gave way to his indestructible, almighty presence. Ha! Think about your journey for a moment. Have you experienced instance(s) of trial, hardship which could have destroyed you (but didn’t)? Do you have memory of physical, mental, spiritual angst through which you questioned your ability to endure (but you did)? Jesus overcame death. He is the ever-present message of “can do!” and “will do!” Ha! He conquered the worst possible scenario. Ha! Those who and that which wanted him destroyed did not succeed. Ha! The same is true for you, for me (through Jesus). Ha! Ha!
Romans 1:4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
This Easter, after mourning Christ on the cross, I will celebrate again the holy Easter punchline; Jesus our Holy Risen Savior. From a journey of suffering, torment, darkness, and tomb, Jesus LIVES! And REIGNS! And has the last laugh (again). Ha! Halleluiah! Happy Easter! Amen.