Easter Sunday's Reading: Matthew 28:1-15
“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Remember what he told you back in Galilee…” Matthew 28:6
When we read this text from the Gospels, we see that Mary was looking for Jesus, but He wasn’t there. What were they expecting? Were they expecting to find death or life? What they found gives us a new lens to look through. “He isn’t here… remember what He told you.”
When you look in the mirror, what do you expect to see? Do you see the Truth of Christ in you? Do you see a renewed and resurrected new self?
Or do you still see the old self staring back at you?
Due to some hard life events and wounds in my life, I developed some “old self” thinking that I would replay in my mind over and over again. “I am a failure, I am unacceptable” or “I am unworthy of being loved.”
How does a man respond to life looking through that “old self” lens? It significantly affected how I see the world, my family, and my circumstances in life.
When looking through this lens, I found myself moving to unhealthy ways to hide, cope, or even defend myself when those past wounds would creep in. I would find myself trying to control or withdraw from God and those closest to me, or kicking into a high performance mode to prove to the world and myself that I wasn’t a failure. Talk about an exhausting life. These things would only push people away from me, confirming some of my biggest fears about being unlovable, unwanted, unforgivable, or unacceptable.
Christ doesn’t want us living our life under the weight of death in a tomb, but as children who have been resurrected with Christ. God desires to walk with us through the process of giving us a new Christ-like lens through which to look at ourselves, the world, and our tough circumstances.
As a believer in Christ, what lens are you looking through? Do you need a new lens? The next time you look in the mirror, because of this hope in Christ, you can now look through the new God-given lens that says you’re holy, forgiven, chosen, loved, and co-heirs of Christ. Because of Christ, as Colossians 1:22 reminds us, we have a new identity that says we are blameless and free from all accusations. Because He lives, we can live.
Remember, because Christ didn’t stay dead in the tomb, we can say with confidence, “The old me isn’t here! The new me has come in Christ!” Walk alive in Him. Jesus is very much alive and in our hearts. He is RISEN!
Jesus, the risen King, loves you, cares about you, and wants to walk through the wounds of your past if you will just allow Him to.
As we celebrate His resurrection, remember His promises and praise Him for the resurrected gift of life.
Day 8: Journey with Jesus
Before the kids get up, EMPTY THE SUITCASE.
Let the kids discover the EMPTY suitcase.
Read: Matthew 28:1-6
Process and discuss together:
- What does this tell us about Jesus?
- What does it tell us about ourselves?
- How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
- Who could you tell this story to?
- Pray together.