Words of Grace
One of my favorite signs is one I saw in Woolworth’s quite a few years ago. It was right behind the cashier at the checkout. It said, “Would all the employees who have died please lie down?” I confess that I found it both funny and terribly demeaning toward the employees.
On the other hand, I would understand those employees who felt dead. Same old job at the same old place with the same old people. No energy. No enthusiasm. No life. I hope most of you don’t feel that way today, but I’d bet that you have felt that way at times. You get up and go because you are supposed to. You smile and you do what is expected. Some days that’s pretty much all you get.
Then we hear the message of the cross and the Resurrection and we remember the truth. He who was dead has conquered death for us. He is alive and we are alive in Him. When Jesus rose from the dead, we rose from the dead. Those who trust in Him share His life.
Everything has changed in Jesus. You see, apart from Jesus we were dead. There was no life in us. Those times we felt alive contributed nothing to our real state and, no matter what motivational speaker we listened to, we were still dead—and we felt it.
But in Jesus our universe has changed. Because He is alive, we are alive. Those times we feel dead do nothing to change the fact that we are alive. No matter who tells us differently, even the whispers in our own hearts, we are still alive—and we know it.
Coming off the celebration of the Resurrection, I shout to the world, “I am alive!” Nothing can take my life away. Not the drudgery of the daily grind or the discouragement of troubled relationships or the oppression of authority or the attack of the evil one—nothing. No one will snatch me out of Jesus’ hand. The world around me may be dying, but I am alive . . . and I will be forever.