Jesus is our perfect, beautiful King, coming humbly on a colt, anointed by a former prostitute, weeping with friends, because death is the pinnacle of our brokenness. He shows us His power over this horrible thing, which has tormented us from the beginning. Jesus dove head first into humanity’s mess and loved us, enough to die for us.
Now He lets us in on a new power of death:
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
Jesus gave up everything and saved the whole world. When we lay down our lives, both figuratively and literally, for others, it is also powerful. Suddenly the very thing that exploited our weakness, becomes a source of strength.
What does it mean for Jesus to look into the eyes of an orphan woman, mourning her only brother, and say, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”
Knowing Jesus, and being fully, deathly, surrendered to Him is the beginning of resurrection life. Not only in the age to come, but right now. He multiplies our life as we lay it down. Hands off, hands up.
Let’s meditate on this today. What do we still fear? What power does death hold over us? What power is available to us when we surrender our lives, laying it down with Christ’s at the foot of the cross that we might be raised to life with Him?