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Every year on Easter Sunday, I think the same thing:  if Jesus rose from the dead, and I believe he did, shouldn’t we be different?  Shouldn’t everything be different?  How can we continue to live ordinary lives as if it doesn’t really matter — like it never happened?

This past Easter, I remember at the end of the homily, I wanted to stand up and cry out “come on people, this is real; let’s do something to respond to this message”.  Do you ever feel like that?

Think about it, if Jesus died and three days later came back to life, and we believe it — really believe it, isn’t that a game changer?  Doesn’t that require that we live radically different lives? If we believe it actually happened, shouldn’t our lives reflect this revolutionary truth to the core?

Most likely, all of us believe Jesus rose from the dead; but we haven’t really thought about what that means.  We believe abstractly in the resurrection but we are not too sure about the other things that naturally follow from that belief.  Yet what’s the use in believing in the resurrection if we don’t believe the other things Jesus said?

“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” 

So, if we believe Jesus rose from the dead, then we shouldn’t have too much trouble believing that he orders everything all for our sake (2 Cor 4:15), that every hair on our heads is counted (Luke 12:7), that he provides everything that we need (Matthew 6:25-34).  Nothing has been overlooked, nothing forgotten, it has all been arranged for us.

Deep down we know it’s true, but we still hold back.  We resist completely yielding to him.  We feel more comfortable following Jesus with the crowd.  We feel safer with what we know.  So instead of living full gospel lives, we pick and choose pieces of the gospel, but fail to fully enter in.

We are like people who have been invited to a great party.  We get all dressed up to go, but then we never leave the house.  It doesn’t make any sense but that’s how we live.  We have tasted and seen how good the Lord is, but we won’t go to the banquet.  We can see a wonderful, extraordinary life right in front of us, but we are afraid so we choose to remain where we are safe, sound and mediocre.

Let’s suppose, you are like me and you have had enough; what can we do about it?  We know everything we need to know — that’s not the problem.  For us the problem is faith, more particularly lack of it.  We need to repent and believe the good news — and there’s lots of it.

What do you think?  Do you ever feel like you are right there, but haven’t quite entered in?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Mark, this is quite challenging and thought provoking. You are absolutely right….the Resurrection should be a life changer. The same power with which Jesus rose from the dead, is the same power alive today in the Church through the Holy Spirit. The Resurrection isn’t just a nice story. We need to continue to wake up from our own lethargy and step out in faith in the power of the Holy Spirit and expect the power of God to fall and move hearts. Thanks for this blog. Dan

    • Thanks for your comment. I started thinking after posting this about the role of determination. In a lot of our natural endeavors, substantial progress requires significant determination. I suppose it shouldn’t be any different in the supernatural realm. Even though God gives grace, we have to contribute sustained effort. I do think faith is a big part of it.

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