When the road seems too long, with not enough rest stops…
When it’s been a long time since we’ve taken a trip out of the valley…
When it just doesn’t seem practical to keep the joy…
How about if we take our eyes off the situation and laser-focus them on the Risen Christ?
We have sung the majestic hymns.
We have jubilantly exclaimed, “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”
We have acknowledged Him as King of Kings.
Now let’s live it.
Let’s live it because we actually believe it.
It is for our lonely roads, darker days, and “Why’s?” that Easter happened.
The power of Christ’s death and resurrection
is intended to be applied to our daily circumstances.
We can live—we can experience—the “So what?”
Oh, how I wish I would remember this more quickly and more easily.
But I don’t.
I get caught up in the situation that’s right in front of my face –
in my home, or at work, or with my friends’ needs – and I get tunnel vision.
And then my emotions follow what I’m thinking about..what’ I’m focusing on.
I lose the joy and I live in the discouragement.
When I change my focus…I experience the “So what?” of Easter.
Christ is risen.
He gives me a clean slate.
Despair, overwhelm, and hopelessness do not need to rule in my life.
I can receive Grace. Mercy. Hope.
Promises from a risen Jesus that will not be broken.
Oh, what a comfort to know that the King of Kings knows EXACTLY what’s going on in my life.
And He will give me EXACTLY what I need to take my next step.
Easter’s “So what?”…Christ’s hope and promise to meet me just where I am.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work with us,
to him be glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20)
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future.
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.