By: Kristen L. McNulty
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In that one moment everything changed. Darkness became Light. Sorrow became Joy. Despair became Hope. Death became Life.
That moment happened over two thousand years ago when Christ Jesus was raised from the dead after experiencing the most brutal type of death known to man. And that moment's ripples are still being felt today.
When the ripple from the resurrection touches our own lives, everything changes. A bitter heart becomes tender. The most darkest circumstance radiates light. The person breathing their last breath truly discovers life.
And yet all too often we don't see it. We walk through the trenches of life blind to everything else but the muck right in front of us. That's not what Jesus came to give us. He may not stop the rain from falling, but at the same time, He stands in the rain with us and points to the sun that's still shining above those rain clouds. He takes our hand and leads us through the puddles, reminding us to stop to watch the children playing in the rain and then invites us to join them. And in those moments He opens our eyes to the life-giving power that exists even in those drops of rain.
That is the story of Easter and that is the life that exists when we invite Jesus to walk with us. No, it's not perfect. But yes, it is good.
Resurrection = Life. Both here and in the world to come.
The question I have for you is, have you received that life? You may attend church once a week or you may have no idea what the inside of a church looks like- it doesn't matter. The question is, have you received the life that Jesus offers you? The life that He gave everything to give?
Christ died on the cross for your sins and for mine. He did this so that not only do we live life eternally, but we have everything He offers here and now. The peace, the joy, the purpose. The hope.
So again I ask, have you received that life? It's real simple you know. If you've never received it, pray with me:
I know that I'm a sinner and that I've messed up in life. But I know that You are God and you died for my sins. I ask you to forgive me of all I've done wrong. Come into my heart and make it clean. And help me to live my life according to Your ways. Today and always. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer with me, heaven's throwing a party because the Bible says all of heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. And if you prayed that prayer or have any questions, I'd love to hear from you. Email email@example.com.
This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.