linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “alive”
It seemed crazy- completely unbelievable! An empty tomb and an angel’s message: “Jesus is risen from the dead. He is alive!”
The women couldn’t see how that was possible. They had watched him die. They had seen the blood and the stripes from the whip that covered his back as he carried his cross. They had witnessed the nails piercing his hands and feet. They had stood at the foot of the cross as he gave up his spirit and breathed his last. They had followed as his body was taken away for burial. They knew he was dead.
And yet, into the midst of their sorrow and grief and brokenness came words of hope and life. At first they could not grasp it, but later they saw for themselves- it was true! Jesus was alive, and the mourning gave way to celebration.
This weekend we remember and celebrate that Jesus is alive, and that we too are made alive in him: “God is so rich in mercy and he loved us so much that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:5-6)
But do we really grasp the truth of this and all that it means for us? As we look at our brokenness it can seem impossible- too many scars and wounds where thoughtless or cruel words or deeds have hurt us. As we look at our hearts it can seem impossible- too much pride and selfishness, too many faults and weaknesses.
But Jesus’ resurrection speaks that hope and life right into the middle of our sin and brokenness, and as we look to him and allow the hope of Easter to sink into our hearts and minds, suddenly it seems possible, because though the power of sin and death are great, his power is greater still. “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54)
Jesus is alive- and we are alive in him!