I want to pass on the good news of the resurrection of Christ quite simply in this post and i think the lyrics to this song by Natalie Grant titled ‘Alive’ does justice to that effect. It goes:
Who but You, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies and dream of me? What kind of Love is writing my story till the end with Mercy’s pen? Only You. What kind of king would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart? What kind of Love tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay inside the grave? You. Is it You? Standing here before my eyes, every part of my heart cries
Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won Alive! Alive! Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before. I am His because He is alive.
Who could speak, and send the demons back from where they came with just one Name? What other heart would let itself be broken every time till He healed mine? You. Only You could turn my darkness into dawn; running right into Your arms
Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won Alive! Alive! Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before. I am His because He is
Emmanuel, the promised King, the baby who made angels sing ,Son of Man who walked with us, healing, breathing in our dust, The author of all history, the answer to all mysteries, The Lamb of God who rolled away, the stone in front of every grave
Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won Alive! I am His because He is alive. Alive!
Another thing i think is important that we learn is that Jesus is more interested in getting us to fall in love with Him than obeying Him just because we want to follow a set of rules and regulations. And that is something we can learn from both Mary Magdalene and John The Beloved. John learnt to receive the love of Jesus rather than get so involved and distracted by what went on in His life. He was the only disciple that truly loved Jesus and stayed by Him even when he was crucified. All the other disciples fled and left Jesus, but John had that intimate personal relationship with Christ, and because he learnt to receive the love of Christ(he was always reclining on the Jesus’s chest), he learnt to love Jesus truly. Peter, on the other hand, was very active as a disciple. He was the one involved in all the activities and spirit-filled. He was the disciple that would have the loudest voice when Jesus met with His disciples. But, when Jesus was going to be crucified, Peter denied Him and fled. Even when he had boasted to Jesus he would never do that. Peter didn’t learn to receive the love of Christ as much as John did. And if we don’t learn to receive Christ’s love in our lives we can never love Him, hence we can never obey Him. The love cycle is: Receive God’s love, love God, love yourself, then love others. If the first stage of receiving God’s love is not present then you’re going to spend a lifetime of trying to give people the love you have not received from God. I believe receiving God’s love involves asking Him for brokenness and asking Him to humble us and reveal all the weaknesses in our lives. When we know how messed up we are, we have no choice than to rely on Jesus and recline on Jesus’s chest for His tender care and for Him to heal all our scars and wounds(which is not as complicated as it may seem. It may be something as unrecognizable as fear, anger or a low-self esteem) . After He does that, the consequence is we get so overwhelmed by what He’s done and we fall in love with Him. Then we learn to love ourselves more. Then we can love other people as much as we love ourselves. Christ’s love is changing and transforming. It tears you up then puts you back together.
Mary Magdalene also had that personal life-changing relationship with Christ. Jesus cleansed her of 7 demons and because of that she was caught up in what He had done for her that she loved Him. She was also(like John) with Jesus up till the moment He was crucified. She went about with Him and his disciples after that incident from town to town. Mary Magdalene was also the first person to see Jesus after He resurrected. She had a personal encounter with Christ that changed her Life.
God doesn’t require you to be a sadducee of Pharisee and know all the books in the Bible then obey the 10 commandaments then finally give to the poor, for Him to love you. He loves you just the way you are, and He would rather that you let Him change you and heal your scars and wounds, then fall in love with Him, and as a consequence live in obedience to Him. Christ longs for and is very passionate for our love. I believe that is a key thing to remember today when we think about the victory we have from the resurrection of Christ and Him being alive seated at the right hand of the Throne of God. Happy Easter! 😀