Many years ago, after a particularly difficult trial I was put through at the hands of another leader who was lying and misrepresenting his position for personal gain, I left that particular meeting pretty downcast and confused. I knew he was not telling the truth, as did my wife, but there was really no defense to be made. It was one of those times in your life that you know you were just going to have to deal with the personal pain and loss. As well, we worked closely with this person and that fact did not help the matter.
Trials are like that sometimes. You simply have no defense. You take the hit, knowing you stand with truth and integrity. You, as well, console yourself with the understanding that God knows, cares and will walk you through it.
But the best advice from this situation came to me just following the meeting when one of the persons in charge pulled his car alongside of me and said, “Remember, Steve, after every death you die there is a promised resurrection.” I listened graciously, but with some questioning in my heart wondering just where he was during that awful meeting we endured.
Years later I still carry that statement with me because of its powerful truth, its lifelong encouragement and its depth of meaning. There is a New Testament truth we hold onto as Christians. That truth is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth and then gave up His life to die on a cross. On Sunday, Easter we call it, He was no longer dead but alive forevermore. Following His resurrection, there was a continual stream of persons who witnessed that resurrection and literally saw Jesus after His grave experience.
Are you walking through a trial right now? Are you facing a hardship or a broken relationship? Have you been hurt or suffered loss in some way not provoked by your own behavior? It is this time of the year that we remember the New Testament guarantee of resurrection life. For after every death you die, there is a promised resurrection!
Have a glorious, life-giving Easter. Our Savior is ALIVE!