April 12th 2010

Looking Back

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

1 John 3:16 (NIV) 

I find that it is very enlightening to look back at important events of the past and just let the things that took place wash over me. I mull them over, meditate on them, and for me at least, those past events become crystal clear in my mind. 

For example, we have just celebrated Easter, and so much happens in such a short period of time that it is easy for us to miss some important things. 

So, let me share with you my Easter in retrospect. 

It represented a time of renewal and of new life in the midst of the old. The curse of Adam which is death, cancelled. Now we have a time of hope, the hope of the Resurrection, the Temple veil ripped open giving access to a God who is available to everyone. 

The grave – a death trap sprung and useless, bereft of its power to detain those whose hope is in the Resurrection. 

A resurrected Lord who wields all power in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18) 

A Saviour who died for all humanity, and after everything He suffered at the hands of men still urges, “Come unto me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NRSV) 

The One who suffered so much, who gave so much for us, still wants us to share His glory: “The glory that You have given me I have given them so that they may be one as We are one.” (John 17:22). 

This crucified One still reassures us, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)  

This glorified Being, this awesome One, doesn’t barge into our lives but rather stands knocking and whispering softly, “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.” (Revelation 3:20).

 All we have to do is turn the handle and let Him in; He has nothing to sell and an amazing amount to give. 

Prayer

Lord, thank you for Your courage and Your faithfulness as we look back on the Easter season. Thank You for Your focus on Golgotha, and for knowing just how much it meant to us for You to make it there. Accept our thanks and praise now and always.

Amen 

Study by Cliff Neill 

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