We live in an incredible reality. Two thousand years ago an event occurred that changed the fundamental nature of the world and changed everything for us. God did a work that shook the bedrock of the universe and tore apart all the barriers that stood between us and Him ; “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:50-53) The work of the cross defeated Satan’s hold over us! Do we live like the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom and the dead are raised? Do we walk as saints in the world and appear to many? Or do we just appear like many in the world around us? If so, what’s holding us back?
The apostle Paul lays it out; “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3,4) What does that mean for us? It means we are not what we were before we came to Jesus; “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:5-7) We are free of sin and ‘should walk in the newness of life’. We ‘should’ but do we?
And that means our lives ‘should’ change. Here on Sunday inside the church building and outside the church building – as the body of Christ – in our daily lives; “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:12-14) This presentation is worship 24/7 and if you miss the mark Monday thru Saturday, you’ll miss the mark on Sunday – no matter how good you may look in your ‘Sunday best’. When I miss the mark during the week I bring that brokenness with me to church. I can hide it or I can admit it and ask Jesus to heal me. This is the calling we are called to. Thank you Jesus for grace and Your strength that allows us to get up when we fall down!
God sees deeper than your clothes. We are all naked before Him! Do we live like that on Sunday? Do we live like that on Wednesday – or any day? Remember how happy kids are in the summer by the beach, running around screeching with joy with nothing on but their swim trunks. Where is that joy in our lives – that ‘newness of life’? Somewhere along the way we lost it yet it is ours and we can find it again! If you’re like me sometimes it’s a struggle just trying to act it out to look good. And not only does God see right through it but most everybody else does too! What’s dragging us down? What’s holding us back? Jesus said; “It is finished!” (John 19:28-30) Why do we often live like we’re finished? It isn’t right! And we don’t have to live that way.
The work of His Cross brings Joy, praise, and beauty back into our lives. Jesus came to the Cross;”. . . To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3) The first step is to just praise Him, lift His name up high even if you’re the lowest you’ve ever been!
Here is the Gospel Good News: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30)
We can dance and be glad again again because; ‘It is finished!’
Praise the Lord!