1 Corinthians 15-16

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (15:3-4)

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (15:22)

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (15:55)

This is our gospel: The curse of death haunting mankind since the garden has been defeated! God, Himself, has become a man to save us all. This gets me excited for Easter. I’m very glad it worked in to our annual calanders to celebrate the most central fact of human history, 

I’ve been actively working on stress management over the last few months. Surprise, surprise, stepping into a war zone of one of recent history’s biggest humanitarian crisis’ wasn’t an easy breezy walk in the park. I find myself grouping and grasping for new measures of grace and peace from the Lord to meet me in this season. 

It hit me this morning, in a new way, just how much power is available to me, in Christ. If He is truly leading me into these deep waters, He will truly provide guidance and victory. 

He’s defeated death. All my seemingly intimidating problems should be a piece of cake.

So am I resting in that? Remembering how He’s sustained and provided until now? No, that’s not my focus when I panic. Like Psalm 116:6 said,

“Return to rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”

Again I see the perils of forgetfulness. The LORD begs us to remember. Nearly every Jewish holiday is a call to remembering some event of God’s faithfulness. 

The resurrection is our hope for real life. Our greatest fears have been put in their place. It’s insane how much stress, anxiety, depression and fear riddle American society. I don’t want to be a statistic, I want to live in the power of my resurrected Christ! His victory over sin and death, along with the powerful presence of His Spirit are what set us apart from all other world religions. He has fought for us and WON. The battle belongs to the LORD!

May today be a day of resting, remembering and rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord.

-Bethany 

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