So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus has tipped the balance of power!
It’s Monday morning, after a spectacular Sunday yesterday built around celebrating the amazing, liberating, transformational fact that Jesus has – once and for all – tipped the balance of power both in life and in death in favor of light and love.
I was thinking about this the other day when scientists revealed the first ever photograph of a Black Hole. Black Holes are immeasurably dense and everything that falls into their gravitational field is completely absorbed to the extent that not even light is capable of escaping. A Black Hole is unimaginably catastrophic.
But Jesus, Jesus is light and power and authority that could absorb a dozen Black Holes and establish new worlds and utterly eradicate any darkness. The kind of power we tap into when we walk with the Risen Lord is so far beyond the defeats and disappointments of our lives that every new day is an invitation worth being grateful for and every Sunday a joyous celebration.
Our faith community at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church met three times for worship and it was impossible to be there and not understand the truth and the power of resurrection.
Then, at the 11:15 service, our Richmond family joined us too. If you want to know what real life looks like then spend some time in the presence of the children – they are loaded with it!
I’d recommend listening to Rebekah’s message from the 9:00 Praise Service, you can find it at this link – Rolling Stones. “The stone is rolled away,” she said (I’m paraphrasing here). “Jesus is not going back in the grave! So why do we insist on huddling in the tomb with the fears that hold us back? Christ’s invitation is for us to step out into the light!”
Easter is not in the past, it is our present reality – if we want to embrace it. We are new creations who are living in the truth that light defeats darkness and we are reconciled to God.
So why do we live as if visiting church is like going to the museum and hearing about a story from the past? Christ’s invitation is to live in the power and the love and the light of the Risen Jesus. That’s not just history – it is present reality!
Happy Easter! – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.