Monday, April 6th

Monday, April 6th

.... I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 1 Peter 1:3-5

In preparation for Easter we were challenged in this past Saturday's devotional to be "Easter Sunday" Christians. This was not talking about those who come to church once or twice a year. It was talking about Christians who live in the full reality of the resurrection everyday. So, now that we are on the other side of our "Easter Sunday" celebration, we will look again at what was shared in Saturday's devotional.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us .... So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God .... So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall .... So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:1-2A, 6, 9-11, 16

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. Revelation 22:17

This is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. What would it have been like to have been there on the Saturday between the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ? Pretty tough and yet for many Christians their Christian experience is a perpetual "Saturday" experience somewhere between the cross and the resurrection. I will tell you what I mean by a "Saturday" Christian experience, but first this. When you hear the words "Come to me" in the Matthew passage above, what do they mean to you? Perhaps we need to ask another question, "Where is Jesus?" For those who were the first to hear these words, Jesus was there in their midst speaking these words to them and so "Come to me" invited a different response than it does now. Not understanding the response to which "Come to me" invites us now is a part of having a perpetual "Saturday" Christian experience.

Let me explain. Colossians 1:27 speaks of "Christ in you." The core of your being is where Jesus is now. So, think of the invitation, "Come to me" in this light. The "Saturday" Christian understands what Jesus accompished on Good Friday on the cross and is thankful to be one who has received the forgiveness of sins. The "Saturday" Christian believes that Christ rose from the dead and celebrates the resurrection with great enthusiasm. But, the "Saturday" Christian struggles to embrace the full outcome of the resurrection. The full outcome of the resurrection is that we have a Risen Savior and Lord who dwells in the core of our being who invites us to "Come to him" over and over again for times of sweet communion with him where we know his presence, we enter his rest, we experience his peace, we enjoy his mercy and grace, and we find his help for all our needs. This is the experience of the one who is truly a "Easter Sunday" Christian (every day).

Hear the words of Revelation 22:17 above in a fresh and new way today: "The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life." Lord, I come to you. You dwell in the core of my being. Help me to learn of you so that I am no longer a weary and burdened "Saturday Christian." Lord, this Easter weekend, I enter your rest and drink freely of the waters of life you give.

Jesus is the resurrection and "the life" (John 11 passage above). This is the Monday after Easter and being "Easter Sunday" Christians every day is what it is all about. God is protecting you by his power (1 Peter 1 passage above) from anything less from now until the day you are with him in glory.

Lord, I want resurrection life. You are alive in the core of my being and I choose to drink freely of the waters of life. Teach me how to abide in you and your resurrection life in me moment by moment and day by day. Amen!

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