The human story is a cycle of life and death; of despair and hope; of going under and rising again. The story of Jesus’ life and death and life again is a story full of possibilities for all of us.
To go from death to new life is not just about going through physical death and then living blissfully ever after in heaven. No! It’s about being changed, transformed, in the midst of our circumstances, here, now.
The question for us today is this:
Are you in death or are you in life? Darkness or light? Is the cold and clammy tomb of darkness and of death holding you back from an abundant and joyous life?
The message of Easter is this:
You have to step into the cold waters of death in order to come out on the other side of the Jordan. You have to bury what’s holding you back in order to embrace the new life God is giving you. You have to lay down in a coffin in order to stand up with joy on Easter morning.
We are invited to a changed life today; a life full of hope and opportunity, overflowing with love and freedom; filled with the joy of the Risen Christ.
Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed!
Lord open my hand to receive the nail of Calvary, as Christ’s was opened— that I, releasing all, might be released, unleashed from all that binds me now.
Rev. Robert Chew