What a weird tension we live in today. A tension that has stayed with all Christ-followers for close to 2,000 years.
Jesus is Risen – Hallelujah! Sin was nailed to the cross. Death, the ultimate consequence of sin, was put to death. Hope reigns. Heaven and earth are brought together. Jesus is on His throne at the right hand of Father God, ruling over His kingdom. Jesus proclaimed it… it is finished!
But what now? What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for me, for us, living here in the present?
Our world is still broken. We still experience sin, pain, sorrow, loss, deep darkness. It seemingly grows as I get older. It touches me more, affects me more. I see it in me. I see it all around me. And as the years go by I become more aware. It wrecks me, breaks my heart.
And yet because of the resurrection of Jesus, we have a great hope in a great promise.
“According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (Peter, 1 Peter 1:3-4)
Jesus has the victory. Yet we wait with patience for Jesus to bring His kingdom to earth as God patiently draws people to Himself. And we go on living in this tension of dreadful sorrow and living hope. We keep hoping and we keep following this Jesus, the God-Man, the Savior, who taught us so graciously how to love.
In our sin, we experience God’s everlasting, deep love in His patience, forgiveness, and kindness toward us. In our hurt and pain we experience God’s love in His peace and comfort. In our weakness, we experience God’s love in His strength and gentleness toward us. In our sorrow we experience God’s love in His joy. In our loss we experience God’s love in getting His better gifts. In our doubt, we experience His love in His unending faithfulness. In the deep darkness of our hearts and of this world God shows His love by bringing His abundant Light to dispel all the hidden darkness.
And we know that Jesus experienced every sorrow of this world as He taught us of His Father’s love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jesus, John 13:34-35)
Praise God for the gift of faith, believing it to our core that His Gospel is truth. Praise God we have hope born from the resurrection of Jesus. And praise God that Jesus taught us the greatest thing… how to love while living in this tension.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:13)
And so in all these sufferings of living in a broken world, we are free to display the same love that Jesus has taught us and still teaches us every moment! We get to display patience, forgiveness, gentleness, peace, comfort, strength, joy, kindness, faithfulness and light as we tap into the love of Jesus. Let’s do it!