When we look at life through the lens of death, our whole countenance changes. Defeat whispers in our ear; it might sound something like “You’re too old to make a difference. Your health is deteriorating and it’s not going to get better. This is as good as life gets. Settle. Give up and enjoy what little time you have left”. This is the voice of our adversary, the devil, who prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour. He entraps us by lies that echo in our ear.
Too often, we live in our fallen nature. We focus on what is wrong with us and our environment. “If only I could change this about myself, then things would be different. If I only had a bigger house, better job or kids then my life would be perfect.” We walk around like zombies: dead and oblivious to the endless possibilities God has for us.
I want to challenge you today to look through the lens of resurrected life. Jesus died not only for what you have done or will do but for who you are. Nailed to the cross in his dying agony, he cried out “It is finished.” What was finished? Our restoration to God. In fact, all creation was restored through his obedience and blood.
Isaiah 53:4-5 says, “Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds.” Wow! Jesus secured physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wholeness for us!
The author of Hebrews tells us our life is like a race and it takes endurance to see it through; endurance is found by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Where is Jesus then? He isn’t in the tomb. It’s empty! Hallelujah! His grave clothes were there but he wasn’t. Unrecognizable, he walked and talked with two of his disciples. As he spoke, their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Lord. After that, Jesus appeared to more than 500 believers in all his glory before ascending to heaven. He now sits at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 12:2, 1 Cor. 15:6, Lk. 24).
Jesus came into the world, lived and died as a lamb but; he rose as a lion: victorious. He swallowed up death both present and future. So take off those grave clothes and put on your resurrection clothes. You are God’s masterpiece created in his image with value and purpose, and clothed in his acceptance. What areas in your life are wrapped up in grave clothes: dreams, relationships, finances, etc? Jesus, the life, can energize you and turn those things around (Jn. 14:6). It depends on you and the lens you choose to look through and to believe in.