The Power of the resurrection in daily life

When Jesus went to the cross, it marked the lowest point in world history. From his disciples’ point of view, the unthinkable had occurred, their Messiah had failed. The question that John’s disciples had asked, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another” (Matthew 11:3 ESV) must have seemed quite prescient. The darkness that covered the earth must have been felt in every heart that believed in this great man.

What seemed like defeat from a human perspective was truly God’s greatest victory. The cross was the fulfillment of prophecy (see Genesis 3:15). While it seemed like Satan had delivered the death blow, it was God’s plan all along (see Revelation 13:8 MLV, YLT), and Jesus always possessed the power to offer up or withhold his life (John 10:17, 18). Like the mystery of the unity of the Jew and Gentile prophesied in the Old Testament, this victory was not seen by man until God revealed it in the resurrection.

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“I’m fine”

“How are you?” For this seemingly innocuous question, there is an expected answer. Anything else is met with incredulity, followed by stunned silence, followed by avoidance. There may be a few perfunctory phrases in between, but the end result is almost always avoidance.

This is why we are so often shocked when a “happy” or “funny” person like Robin Williams exits this charade so tragically.

“I’m fine!” You had better be ready with this answer, because anything else is unacceptable in polite society. I say this almost in jest, although truly it is not funny. Continue reading ““I’m fine””