Strong spirits: what changed?
Did you ever notice what Jesus didn't do when he rose from the grave? He didn't go and destroy the enemies that had done this to him. He didn't call attention to himself or the event. He didn't call on a legion of angels to let everyone know. He didn't shake the mountains or stir up the seas. He didn't have a media blitz or a press conference. So what did he do?
He called a dear friend by name. (John 20:16)
He walked with a couple of other friends in their grief, and opened their hearts to the truth, and their eyes to see him. (Luke 24:13-32)
He showed up unannounced at a gathering of his friends, terrified that they were next, and spoke peace and comfort. (John 20:19,20)
In short, he did exactly what he'd always done... He loved people; met them at their point of need; extended grace; helped them see. What he did for and with his friends after the resurrection is what he wants to and will do with us now. He calls us by name. He walks with us in our grief and pain. He comes to us as we are, and gives us what we need. And promises never to leave us.
His rising from death changes everything. Not just for eternity, but for every day!
Gary Schwerin serves as pastor at Caledonia Congregational Church. He is also the Spiritual Development Minister for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley and Executive Director of Bridge Ministries of Rockford. Prior to launching Bridge Ministries, Gary spent many years in leadership with Young Life. His columns appear here every Sunday - to see them all, subscribe to our daily email.
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