There can be no resurrection, unless there’s a crucifixion…
I think it’s safe to say that most of us think Easter Sunday is an awesome occasion, and rightfully so for many different reasons. For some it is often associated with bunnies, baskets, new clothes, and new shoes. For others it is about fulfilling a promise to attend a very crowded church and hear what turns out to be a very predictable message. However, if you are a believer, you know that Easter is so much more than that. It is the celebration of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Everything we believe hinges on the resurrection
John 3:16 tells us For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus was given to us as a gift, the kind of gift that could never be purchased.
We tend to romanticize the immaculate conception and the virgin birth. We agonize over the Calvary experience and the tomb, but that is not enough. We must truly realize that He conquered the grave. You must believe that He was resurrected. He got up with victory over sin and death and you were the prize. However, there can be no resurrection unless there is a crucifixion.
Make Calvary applicable to you
Jesus said unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.(Matt 6:24) In this passage Jesus tells His disciples that it would cost them something to follow His ministry. It will cost you and me something as well. Have you been willing to crucify your flesh? Have you been willing to let some things die? We know that Christ has been resurrected, but has He been resurrected in you?
We all have a cross to bear. It might be marital problems, a rebellious child, financial problems, or a sickness you can’t seem to get over. Whenever there’s an opportunity, the enemy will tell you not to put up with the situation, you don’t have to take it, etc., but the truth is…you do!
Your cross is a requirement, not an accessory
The cross is not just something you wear, it’s something you bear and you bear it on a daily basis. It represents the area in your life that only God can heal. The one area you can’t get together by yourself, no matter how hard you try. It is that area of suffering that makes you want to throw in the towel and scream, “My cross is killing me,” but that’s what it’s designed to do.
Jesus never used His power to come down from the cross. He endured because He knew that when He died, sin’s power would die in our lives. He knew that when He got up, our hope would get up too. He wanted us to cry out to Him knowing… we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 14:15.
Today, I pray that you begin to open the eyes of your understanding and see your cross in a new light. I encourage you not to run from it, but to run to it. Submit to the suffering, say “YES” in the midst of your situation, and still give God glory. When the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed. There are blessings, miracles and favor right over your head waiting for you to surrender all, die to your will, and say yes to His. There’s a miracle behind your Yes!
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