“When my husband died, it felt like they buried me in his tomb for two years.” I listened intently as a woman shared her story of feeling buried alive, entombed in her grief where the sun seemingly didn’t shine. But she waited patiently on the Lord, and He inclined unto her and heard her cry, and He brought her up out of that horrible pit. Now, she has a new song of praise in her mouth, one of a God who broke into the darkness that held her captive, a God who set her free (Psalm 40:1-3). You may not have lost a spouse, but most reading this know what it feels like to be shrouded in darkness, to feel as though you’re sinking with no idea which way is up. Thankfully, that’s not how her story ended, and because of what happened on Calvary, your story no longer ends in the grave, either. This is the beauty of hearing others’ stories. We all have at least one story worth sharing.
Hopefully, this past weekend reminded you that the same Spirit who raised Jesus from His grave lives in and empowers you (Romans 8:11). The resurrection of Jesus was a climactic event in Jesus’ story, but after He was raised from death, Jesus’ ministry didn’t come to an end. His story didn’t stop at the cross and doesn’t end in the empty tomb. After the woman mourned her husband for two long, dark years, God healed her heart, and her story didn’t end with her healing, either. Once she was raised up, a new ministry was resurrected, too, and your story is no different. It was after His resurrection that Jesus gave The Great Commission – go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:18-20). As I’ve seen Pastor Roger Hernandez say the following
Soon, empty throne.
He’s coming back!
So, now we have a bit of a playbook for what to do after something we love has been lost (we get up) and after God brings new life into our dead places (we go). We have a mandate to go, to heal the sick, to cast out demons, to tell a dying world about a living Savior (Mark 16:15-18). But before they could go, even the disciples had to wait (Acts 1:4). When you’re down and out, wait expectantly for God to renew your strength. When He raises you up, when you’re no longer sinking and able to swim, just as you waited on His healing, wait as expectantly on the Holy Spirit to empower you.
How do you react to the resurrection? The same way Jesus, the angels, and the disciples did. You’re not just raised to be a happy, healthy hermit of a Christian. Everywhere you go, your life speaks a story about a risen and returning Savior. When you’re redeemed, you say so, you allow others, like doubting Thomas, to see your wounds so they believe (John 20:27), you ask for and receive the Holy Spirit, knowing that once you’re saved, you’re sent. And once you’re sent, you serve.
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