The Rabbit Hole of Resurrection, Recovery and Restoration

C.S. Lewis says, "Jesus was the only true Realist..."  I love the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, but today's focus will sound like the message we expect at an Easter service.

Think about the prevailing message that comes to you as 'the Christian message' from the many different fountains from which you drink. 


We DO drink from many fountains, don't we? 

  • There is the sermon at your church...
  • The theological/cultural message that comes to you from your small group...
  • How about the famous Bible teachers you choose to entertain, from every kind of media...
  • Then there are the books, blogs and articles that you read...
  • Your parents, how they related to each other and how they treated you...
  • And don't forget the movies, television shows and stories that have stirred you throughout the years.

All of these sources work together and, by God's grace, we form convictions based on unspoken (and often, unquestioned) assumptions.  We are exhorted to many different kinds of 'right living' and 'good behavior'. But if there is no CROSS in the message, there can be no Resurrection.  One of the assumptions in my life is that ...

"...spiritual, emotional and intellectual progress is UP TO ME."

Whatever your assumptions are, one Objective Truth rules everything:

There is no Resurrection without death. Of course the ONE Death & Resurrection that opened the door for mankind to enter into Union with God happened at the cross on Golgotha over 2000 years ago.

But in daily living, we face crossroads many times every hour; every day. Every crossroad brings opportunity to choose 'my way' or 'God's way'. At every crossroad, there is a cross.  While I can look for ways around that cross, I only experience LIFE (aka "resurrection") when I accept the 'death' of My Way and let God bring Life when He breathes Life into my lifeless way.

Listen to Paul.  

"30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"[b]


 Have you found yourself 'at the end of your rope?' Have you ever 'come to the end of yourself?' If anything, this movie clip (a good science fiction tale if you haven't seen it yet), reminds us of the power of resurrection. Resurrection Matters.  Christ's Resurrection makes yours possible.