Alive Today and Always!
Alive Today and Always!
The above caption is more than a catchy phrase or more than a nice caption, as it depicts an unmistakable reality, and that is Jesus died, rose again and is alive for evermore. And these facts, my friends, offer tremendous hope for all people in every nation and situation. As such, I use this space to remind you of these realities and their implications for today. This is so necessary given many let downs and disappointments we experience in this life.
The Apostle Paul declares that Jesus, “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6, NKJV). Additionally, Paul continues by stating that Jesus "humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8, NKJV). It is unthinkable that one would give his life for another, but Christ did, and did so willingly, as noted in the New Testament book Titus: “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed” (Titus 2:14, NKJV). Consider that the human race should have been put to death for their sins, but instead Jesus took the death that was ours and gave us the life that was His. That is remarkable and unthinkable but was absolutely necessary. You and I can have hope, a positive outlook, a way out and a where with all to survive any situation because of this death, and that which makes His death bona fide, is that which follows --the resurrection.
It is unknown for one to lay down His life and pick it up. As we know, once you are dead, that is it; for no person possesses the power to raise himself from the grave. Not so with Jesus, for He declared, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again” (John 10:17). So on the first day of the week, when Mary Magdalene and later Simon Peter went to the tomb where He was laid following His death, they found it empty, and rightly so, for Jesus predicted that resurrection would happen on the third day (Matt. 20:19). Now He lives and lives for evermore; but more so He lives that we may live and live eternally. Says Jesus in John 14:19: “Because I live, you will live also.” What does that mean? There is resurrection power and hope, which inspire us, notwithstanding our circumstance or besetment, causing us to rise up in pursuit of our goals and to fulfil God’s plans for our lives. No matter the situation; no matter how dark and dismal your present state may be inclusive of a divorce, joblessness, lack of finance, terminal illness, Christ’s resurrection denotes that there is an escape or solution clause. For if Christ could rise from death, there can be nothing that I face more hopeless than death, so He can help in any situation.
Jesus Desires Permanent Residence
Because Jesus died and rose and is alive for evermore, He desires a real and meaningful relationship with us. Certainly not one in which He is called on when there is some issue, or need such as a grocery list. He is not desirous of “a sweet heart relationship” but a permanent one where He is allowed to take up residence in the heart and in the home, becoming more than Saviour but Lord and Master. I believe that the analogy of The Vine and the Branches in John 15 clearly describes the closeness He desires with us, being present in good times and bad times. What a privilege!
And for whatever strange and unknown reasons, we seem to doubt Him, His love and His desire to have that lasting and meaningful relationship. No wonder we suffer such unnecessary pain and forfeit much needed peace, because we do not take Jesus seriously. We simply fail to appropriate the present benefits of His death, burial and resurrection. Unfortunately, it will get no better until we realize what it means to have Him as Lord and Saviour. Succinctly put in the words of Will L. Thompson, “Jesus is all the world to me, My life, my joy, my all; He is my strength from day to day, Without Him I would fall.” And just by asking Him to come into your heart today it will happen and happen now as you pray. Why not pause and pray?