(Written on Thursday)
In considering the coming of Easter Sunday and how we celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead, another thought occurred to me. Because Jesus triumphed over death, we can rise above the mess that all to often is our life.
Christ gained the ultimate victory in rising above death. In that great victory, we are given the freedom to rise above as well.
Rise Above the Mess:
- Rise above our fears
- Rise above our pain
- Rise above our sorrow
- Rise above our anger
- Rise above our insecurities
- Rise above our circumstances
- RISE ABOVE SELF
As new creatures in Christ, our self is has been crucified with Christ and we are risen with him above sin and death.
I’m definitely speaking to myself at the moment. Many times I am so tired, so frustrated, so stressed and I think that I have to do it all. In reality, this is not the case, Jesus calls us to trust him, to rise above our self and rest in him.
Instead of thinking that it’s all up to me to “make our marriage work” or allowing the responsibilities of raising a soul for the Lord to overwhelm me, I need to rest in his promises. To rest knowing that he is still in control, that he is still God, and most of all, that his love for me conquered death.
He won the greatest battle of all and his victory is also mine.
I love the lyrics of the following song from Casting Crowns. It talks about fighting battles God has already won for us.
“I was chasing healing when I’d been made well
I was fighting battles when You conquered hell
Living free but from a prison cell”
Easter Sunday is over, but Christ is alive and risen every-day. I want to remember that he won the battles I’m still trying to fight, that in him I can rise above the mess that is far to often my life and just trust him.