My friend, may I ask you a question? If Jesus is alive and well, are all bets are off? Does that mean what had been is no longer; what we knew is no more? Is He is perfectly transformed and now stands on the other side of life’s sorrows transformed, holding out the promise that as He has overcome death.?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Many years ago I worked at a summer camp as a dishwasher. My best friend, Marc, also worked with me and we were inseparable from June through August. At lunchtime, Marc and I would often play table tennis in one of the camp garages. Marc was an expert player and became a different person when on the other side of that table tennis net. All bets were off when he picked up a paddle. He was transformed into a competitive and aggressive opponent whose goal was to defeat me, not befriend me. He was transformed every time he got behind that net. As summer went on, I became accustomed to working with the two Marc’s. Both looked the same; but neither reflected the other in character.
When the women came to Jesus’ tomb early that Easter morn, their expectation was that they would see the man that they had loved. They were expecting to view his body, the hands and arms that had reached out to them; the face that had smiled upon them, always forgiving, always encouraging. They expected to see Jesus, their special teacher and friend. Instead, they found a strange man sitting on the rolled stone. There was no body, no Jesus, no teacher and friend. The angel’s words were stunning. “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” The Teacher has risen? Suddenly the image of Jesus was transformed. He who had been their teacher, in flesh and blood, was no longer the same man. Jesus, the teacher who was dead, is Jesus, the risen one! As the women raced to tell the disciples, they knew that now, “all bets are off!” Something had happened to change everything and somehow they knew it would never be the same again.
Jesus is alive and well and all bets are off! What had been is no longer; what we knew is no more. He is perfectly transformed and now stands on the other side of life’s sorrows transformed, holding out the promise that as He has overcome death. He has become the “NOT HERE” Christ, the one who is not dead but alive. And, because we share in that resurrection, we share in that condition. Did you know you are “NOT HERE” either? We are no longer of this world but merely in it. Heaven, where He reigns, is now our true home as well. Hallelujah! Christ is arisen. He is arisen indeed!
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord when our Jesus opened His eyes on Easter morning, the world was reborn and everything that was became what is and will become. Satan had tried with all of his might to destroy Your Son our Lord, but he failed. All bets were now off. Satan was doomed and we, Your creation were provided for eternally. What an awesome outcome, beyond anything we could have devised or dreamed of. Forgive us Father if we ever, even for a moment, forget what we’ve inherited in Christ. Thank you Father for Your unbounded and unfathomable mercy through Christ. He’s arisen and all bets are definitely off. In Jesus name. Amen!
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