He died so that we could live.
He bled so that we could heal.
He gave – all He had – so we would know joy and peace and eternal perspective -
even when it’s all unraveling around us.
There were many at the cross that day. His closest friends. His family. The mother that bore him to this earth.
And all of them had the same view. Jesus, hanging, flogged, mocked, stripped, empty – dying in front of them. They didn’t know what we know today. Many thought that was the end.
It was only the Beginning.
We were at the cross that day. Represented in all of humanity – we too were there. What frame would we have viewed his death in?
Would you view the cross as a permanent and hopeless death or as the life-giving, hope breathing, resurrected life after death?
It matters how we view the cross that day, and this day. It matters that we see that cross, and just behind it, we see Him Risen – Just as He said.
The cross is the frame in which we get to choose to see all of this life,
and the next.
As we learn to reframe our view with Jesus in front – the Jesus who died and rose again – we can see more clearly the hope that even the darkest day has in it.
It matters now – and every day we have left – that we go and tell all we know and meet – He died – for you – so you could live – and breathe – and be okay in this broken, messy, full of hard news world.
It matters when your marriage breaks up – His Resurrection Redeems even what we would see as irredeemable.
It matters when your child is diagnosed with a life long battle with leukemia -
His Resurrection Bleeds Hope into his contaminated blood.
It matters when you can’t see a way out of your mental, spiritual, physical battle with pain and heartache – His Resurrection Breathes Peace into your darkest corners.
It matters when your relationship – the one you desire more than any other to become more full, connected, fun, real – and it doesn’t – His Resurrection Still Brings Life – even then.
It matters when your ministry leader cheats, wanders, strays – and misrepresents His flock, hides his trail of lies – because even when His Children wander -
His Resurrection Stands firm and true – untouched by our wildly wandering mistakes.
It matters when your story is wrecked with abuse, by the parent who should have loved and protected you -
His Resurrection Held you in your pain even while it was happening and even now as you restore and become whole in Him.
It matters on every level, in every hopeless, defeated, broken place -
in every desperate, tired, and empty person -
in every hungry orphan, lonely widow, empty mommy, in every brother and sister running prodigal -
IT MATTERS that He died, and gave us new life – in His Death – and IT MATTERS that He Rose Again and showed us His Power over sin, death, and darkness.
Every moment of our lives can be Re-framed in Light of His Resurrection power.
It’s when we view our circumstances in front of the cross that we get confused.
Re-frame the same circumstance, the same pain, the same never-ending grief – with the cross in front of your circumstance – and you will see – His Life Blood covers it all.
Every. Single. Time.
Our church family is getting to do a lot of reframing on behalf of our youth pastor and his wife – as they in wild desperate abandon, lay their little boy at the cross.
As they view a circumstance no one signs up for – in light of the cross before them, rather than the grief in front of the cross.
Their 5-year-old son Elijah was diagnosed this week with Leukemia. He went from playing at home on a Sunday afternoon, fighting pneumonia – to a very difficult to hear diagnosis – to getting chemo treatments on a Tuesday.
They are reframing every breath they take. Re-believing every promise they have claimed for all these years of their faith walk in Christ.
They are reframing every possible moment ahead for his little life.
Even as the chemo runs into his body, they know, the Body Broken for Them, The Blood already shed for their little man – that Blood matters.
I’m watching them do this reframing – how do they do this? How do parents walk this road?
Apart from Christ, apart from His Cross, apart from New Life we can all find in The Resurrected Jesus – they have no hope.
But because they know Christ, and they live Him crucified in their daily lives – they are prepared for this battle.
Pray for our friends. Jay and Emily, their son Elijah, and his siblings Brooklyn, Micah, and Hannah. #4Elijah #itMattersHowWeViewTheCross
What situation do you need to reframe in light of the gift of Jesus this Easter? COMMENTS are welcomed.