Easter Thursday: 5th April, 2018
Reference text: Acts 3:11-26
Acts 3:15 And you killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Some statements just do not hold on their own once you begin to breakdown the construction of words used and Peter’s words today, tow along this line. ‘You killed the master of life’: in one sentence, he juxtaposed life and death, but he was rather quick to add ‘but God raised him up’. That is the correct and expected turn of events because within the same space, life and death cannot be contained- they ought not to coexist.
Just as darkness is unable to contain light completely however hard it tried, in Jesus, death attempted to contain life and failed miserably. That should be the story of the believer – a life in which the life and light of Christ so shines forth through us that darkness and ‘death’ have no place. Not just physical death, but also any and every situation that has the slightest resemblance to stagnation and absence of growth or any resolve to remain ‘dead’ in a particular sin or habit.
Sweetheart, Jesus’ victory on the cross was not won so we would live with our heads bowed down in total defeat- defeat amidst a trying moment, in the face of an addiction or a tough run of events. As I read recently, ‘many believers live their lives as though the cross did not make any difference’ and though that seems harsh, if it is that one statement that causes us to wake up from our slumber to the reality and victory of the cross, then alright it is.
Remember # the cross made a difference so don’t live your life as though it didn’t.