I can remember exactly where I was last Easter.
Something started occurring in my heart that day. The Spirit started working. I remember being overwhelmed with a new reality during the worship time, a reality that I was hoping would immediately change my life. I begin to realize what the resurrection actually meant for me.
I begin to understand that, if I’m a Christian and the resurrection is true, then there is no limit to what I can overcome in my life.
The one thing that the entire human race has continually sought a cure for was realized by Jesus Christ. He looked death in the eye and overcame it. He became immortal.
I wish I could say that I left that day and began to apply the realization that I had. Sadly, at this point, I was still fully immersed in my secret life. My addiction was running wild and I was overwhelmed by feelings of shame and guilt. But looking back I can see how God was beginning to soften my heart. Little did I know that several months later, the realization that I had in April of 2016 would be a critical part of my moment of repentance and the outpouring of God’s grace that began to completely change my life in August.
I’ve always loved Easter. Great food. TONS OF CANDY!!! And normally, with Easter comes WARM WEATHER!!
This year… Things are different.
Over the last several weeks there has been a stirring within my soul. As different sermons, articles and conversations have focused on preparing our hearts for Easter, I have found myself trying to pinpoint what exactly it is that I am feeling.
As a recovering addict, I now value and cling to the truth of the resurrection more than anything else. This event is the source of power for my entire recovery journey.
Without the resurrection, I am still stumbling about life completely overwhelmed by my sexual sin, I have NO hope, no chance of recovery.
Without the resurrection, darkness would be my permanent reality.
Without the resurrection, I would be damned to hell.
Without the resurrection, death wins.
If the grave is not empty, I am forever a slave to my fleshly desires.
If the grave is not empty then there is no source of power for me to tap into to deny the lusts of my flesh.
Oh, if the grave is not empty then my heart is still stone, my life is still hopeless and my marriage would be over.
Without the resurrection, without an empty tomb, all hope is lost, all joy is unfounded and life has no purpose...
As Jesus hung on the cross, the spirit of darkness thought that the final pieces of his battle plan were concluding. His army gathered to watch their greatest enemy take His last breath. Victory was near.
I can only imagine that Satan, the leader of this dark army, watched this moment unfold with cautious optimism. He was fully aware of the teachings of Jesus and the prophecies made in the Old Testament. He thought that this was his master plan, that his manipulation of the religious leaders of that day was brilliant. He chuckled to himself at how easy it had been to turn the crowds cries of “hosanna” into cries of hatred and death.
Yet, as he watched Jesus die, I imagine there was a tepidness to his excitement.
This was supposed to be his greatest achievement. He was about to dethrone the Creator of the world. He was about to murder the very Son of God.
But Satan knew he could not truly celebrate until 3 days had past. He knew his victory was not yet assured.
Meanwhile, the disciples had all fled the scene. They were broken, scattered and defeated.
Everything that they had dreamed of accomplishing was over.
All hope was lost.
For three days, the eternal fate of all mankind hung in the balance. For three days, darkness began to believe it had won. The light was extinguished. Evil had prevailed. Satan was king.
Can you imagine if the story ended there? I shudder at the thought.
On the third day, (and yes, a smile creeps onto my face as I type that phrase... I know what's coming next!)
The Son of God arose out of the darkness and restored light unto all the world!
The victory that Satan thought was assured was nullified the moment the stone began to move.
The mission of Jesus was complete!
The grave IS empty. The tomb is wide open and the body is gone!
HE IS ALIVE and now “my soul can boast of Christ for He reigns now in me!”
As a Child of the King, my life is different now...
When the temptress of darkness takes on a form of beauty so alluring…
When she attempts to seduce me with thoughts of pleasure…
When the evils of this world seem so satisfying…
I can raise my Sword to defend my heart and shout from the depths of my forgiven soul,
I AM NO LONGER YOURS. I have been bought with a price. The blood of Christ has paid for my sins. I am free from your spell. You have no power here. My savior, whom you once killed, now lives!!! DEATH HAS BEEN DEFEATED. You have been dethroned. The very power which allowed him to defy the claws of death has been given to me. It is with that power that I can stand here and tell you to flee from my presence. It is with that power that I can demand you to leave.
I AM NO LONGER A SLAVE.
I AM NO LONGER BLIND.
I AM NO LONGER DEAD.
I AM NOW FREE!
I CAN NOW SEE!
I NOW HAVE LIFE!
What does the resurrection mean to me?
It means, that for the first time in my life,..
I can now live.
I have NOTHING to fear.
Death, which once condemned me, is now dead.
SIN HAS NO POWER HERE.
All that was dark has been made Light.
Life now reigns supreme.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:1-7 NIV
I've celebrated 4 anniversaries of my 25th birthday. I have an amazing wife & an incredible son. God is transforming my life and I love to write. Here you will find my ramblings about what God has done, is doing and my dreams of what I hope He will do in the future. Thanks for coming along for the ride!