“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” – John 11:23-24a
Last night a storm blew through our city with such force that it woke the whole neighborhood. We all headed out in the morning to go about our business, and the evidence of the lightning strike was burned onto the bark of a tree close to our house. The Thunder literally rocked our world. Massive thunderstorms like that one, or heavy snowfall, or blazing heat remind us of how crazy life can get sometimes. Other kinds of storms blow right through us too – the depression of losing a friendship, the terrible news from a doctor, the anger when someone lets you down. Life is a pretty stormy place, and it doesn’t have to rain a single drop for us to feel it.
Thankfully, we have a God who promises to bear us up on wings like eagles, a God who sent His own Son to suffer on our account, a God who reached down into a world that had turned its back on him and wandered into the stormy night, to rescue those who would hear His call. This is not a God who hides when the thunder claps or the lightning strikes, this is a God who hears the terrible storm blowing through and enters out into it.
Our sin is the reason for these storms. Our blindness to God’s grace allows us to get lost in our own anger or sadness. When we remember God’s promises, we are comforted despite the ongoing turmoil outside, whether it be the torrential downpour or family drama. God is bigger than all of that. He is so big, He is so great, that not even death itself could hold Him. Jesus rose above the storms of this life, Jesus rose above the reality of death for a sinful people, and those who believe in Him, though one day will be buried in a grave, shall never die but be raised to eternal life in Christ.
Follow Christ, cling to God in the storms, Rise Above in Him. Happy Resurrection Day.
Writer: John Karolus