He Is Risen
He. Is. Risen.
Part of me is relieved that Lent is over so I can resume the consumption of chocolate and binge watch television. You would think after 46 days the cravings would be gone, but they taunt me. I have repeatedly whispered, “God, I want to long for you like I long for candy bars and Netflix.”
The glorious discipline of Lent has brought me closer to God and has transformed some of my strongholds into mere indulgences. I have experienced God in powerful ways over the past 40-plus days.
But Lent isn’t just about overcoming temptations or even establishing new patterns. It’s meant to take me to the place where I anticipate the celebration of an an empty tomb. To synchronize my trust and faith with the RESURRECTION of Jesus. To really believe that because HE is risen, I will too.
More than get out of hell insurance.
Jesus’ resurrection has to be more than get-out-of-hell insurance. It has to be the assurance that all the things wrong in my life (and in yours) can be resurrected.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, I need to know that what’s wrong in my life right now isn’t permanent.
- Finances can be resurrected.
- Health can be resurrected.
- Marriages can be resurrected.
Do you want to know that? Do you need to know that it’s not always going to be like this?
Weary of restrictions.
Lent has ended but the pandemic continues and the stay-home-stay-safe orders seem increasingly oppressive. Keeping at-risk people healthy is important, but the isolation is hard. I want freedom, not rules. I’m weary of the continuing constraints. I want a resurrection moment!
I want to hug my friends and fill my house with people and go back to work. I want to eat at a restaurant and go see a movie and drop by the neighbors. I want a resurrection moment.
He’s in your waiting.
Friend, have you grown weary waiting for your resurrection moment to come? Does it feel like resurrection Sunday is still a long way off? I know the feeling.
Hang on. Your resurrection moment may be closer than you think. Do not give up hope. He is risen today and He sees you. He hears your cries. He is working on your behalf, closing the gap between heaven and earth.
Leave me a comment with the resurrection moment you are waiting for. I will pray over each one.
Verse for today: Alleluia, He is risen. Now, to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Mark 16:6, Eph. 3:21-22
Prayer: Jesus, how thankful we are that you are alive. Thankful for an empty tomb. Thankful for the possibility of a resurrection moment at any moment. Quash this coronavirus and abolish the isolation. Help us to trust you as we wait for it. Amen.