What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “resurrection”? For most of us, it’s Jesus and Easter or maybe Lazarus. But do you ever think about resurrection in terms of your life? Your vision? Your dead dreams?
Yes, the resurrection in it’s fullness conquers death, hell and the grave and gives us, as Christians, eternal life. But the resurrection power that raised Jesus lifeless body from the grave has the power to raise those things that have died in our lives. Have you ever had a vision or dream that seemed to die? Have you ever taken a path in life that you felt took you away from a God given calling? And now you feel the calling is dead? Have you ever had a relationship that was beyond human repair? It was dead? Where there’s death, there’s hope.
Jesus didn’t die just to secure a place in Heaven for those who choose to follow Him. He died so that we could have the fullness of life here and now. He died so that we could experience the power of His resurrection in our everyday lives. And He rose not only to conquer physical death, but to conquer the death of our hopes, dreams, visions, relationships.
That resurrection power speaks life into our shattered dreams. That resurrection power speaks life into a vision that no one else sees life in. That resurrection power not only has the power to restore you to Christ after taking the wrong path, but also has the power to restore a calling. That resurrection power can bring life to relationships that have been dead for years. Where there’s death, there’s hope.
When things “die” in our lives, while we may grieve, we also have the hope that Jesus now has room to resurrect. When things are dead in our lives, there’s nothing we can do. There’s nothing that we can fix. In death, the only hope we have is in Jesus.
In the areas of your life where’s there’s death, there is hope.
“If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word.” Romans 6:8-9 (MSG)