It was only a little more than a month ago. Easter. Resurrection Sunday. The day that will forever serve as our light and our hope because Jesus Christ overcame death and proved, once and for all, that He truly is the Son of God and our Savior.
How is the splendor of Easter affecting you today? How is the Resurrection continuing to make a difference in your life and in the lives of your loved ones?
We are not bad people. We are not bad Christians. But, for many, Resurrection Sunday seems a long time ago, and many others have settled back into their pre-Easter routines. Work. School. Family. Bills. Worries.
It is enough to make the angels cry.
Our pastors and churches try to teach us how to live and what to do to remain steadfast in our faith despite the terrors and tragedies of this world. We read the Word of God and try to apply it to our daily lives.
Sometimes we succeed.
Sometimes we fail.
How can we keep the power of Resurrection Sunday alive in our hearts and in our homes?
In his Letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul gives us one of several keys:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10, NIV
Yes, it can be that simple.
At times, perhaps even most of the time, we feel overwhelmed. There is so much to do and so little time in which to do it.
That is why we need to simplify.
As often as possible, and certainly from time to time, we need to step back, take a deep breath, and revisit the essence of our faith:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17, NIV
The way to grasp these words with conviction and determination, and the way to keep them alive at every moment of every day, is to keep the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at the forefront of your mind and your heart.
Declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.”
Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Hard times will come (they always do), but they do not have to prevail. Your Savior lives, and He is – and will always be – on His eternal throne.
Declare it. Believe it. Be at peace.
-- Dr. John Morris